Leeds & West Yorkshire

Huddersfield care home workers 'mistreated' residents

Three workers are accused of ill-treating elderly residents at a care home in West Yorkshire, a jury heard.

Hope Young, 18, Mark Senior, 28, and Louise Dent, 24, allegedly pushed and mistreated residents at Green View House care home in Huddersfield.

Mr Senior denied 10 counts of ill-treating or neglecting persons who lack mental capacity at Leeds Crown Court.

Ms Dent denied one count of the same charge and Ms Young denied eight similar charges.

The jury heard how Ms Young, of Pennine View, Linthwaite, Huddersfield, spat in the face of Margaret Castleton, who was in her 80s and had a number of medical problems, saying: "She'll learn now, she'll never spit at me again" after the resident wiped saliva onto her.

Prosecutor Hilary Manley admitted this would not have been pleasant for the defendant but she said her reaction was to spit back at the elderly woman.

Ms Young is also accused of ill-treating a number of other people in her care.

When a resident allegedly spat at Ms Young, the care worker threw her through a doorway after grabbing her by the neck, the jury was told.

'Piece of meat'

Ms Manley said Mark Senior, of Manchester Road, Linthwaite, was spotted putting his hand up resident Rosie Pearson's skirt and suggesting they go away together.

Mr Senior referred to Mrs Pearson, 90, as "my little piece of meat", leaving the elderly woman, who suffered from dementia, "embarrassed and confused", the court heard.

Other alleged incidents included him bouncing a soft football off residents and elbowing one in the ribs.

The court heard how Ms Dent, of Greenlea Court, Dalton, was helping Gwyneth Fowler when she pushed her and "struck her in the shoulder area" after she was nipped by the resident.

Ms Manley said Ms Dent told a colleague: "She shouldn't have nipped me."

The jury was told most of the residents had conditions including blindness, deafness and dementia and the alleged victims were all mentally impaired in one way or another.

The alleged incidents took place at the home, which has now closed, for elderly men and women, many of whom had dementia, in 2010 and 2011.

The 19 charges relate to 12 different residents.

The trial continues.

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