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Thirsk carer given work ban for swearing at dementia patient

A care home assistant who verbally abused a patient for wetting the bed has been banned from working with vulnerable people.

John Waite, 52, from Thirsk in North Yorkshire, swore at the 65-year-old man and called him "dirty" and "mucky".

Teesside Crown Court heard the resident suffered from dementia and was not able to look after himself.

Waite was sentenced to 120 hours of community service and fined £750 after admitting the abuse.

The former railway worker pleaded guilty to one count of ill treatment and wilful neglect of a person without capacity while working as a carer at Beechwoods care home in Northallerton in November 2011.

'Utterly abhorrent'

The court heard Waite was reported to his employer and, following a disciplinary procedure, was dismissed.

Passing sentence, Judge Peter Fox QC said: "You worked as a carer in a care home and you were employed to provide care for the vulnerable and the disabled.

"It requires patience and understanding. You failed to provide that.

"It was completely and utterly inappropriate behaviour."

Det Con Rich Hampson, from North Yorkshire Police, said: "Waite's actions were utterly abhorrent and committed against a vulnerable and elderly man who was not able to defend himself against this shocking and wholly unacceptable abuse.

"Thankfully, his former colleagues reported Waite's atrocious behaviour to the care home's management, who in turn suspended him while investigating the allegations, before reporting the very serious complaints to the police."

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