Edinburgh, Fife & East Scotland

Court is told woman carer hit elderly man

Valerie Stone
Image caption Valerie Stone pleaded guilty to neglecting Mr Brown

A carer hit an elderly nursing home resident because she thought he was lunging at her, Edinburgh Sheriff Court has been told.

Valerie Stone, 49, struck 79-year-old Roy Brown in the face.

Stone pleaded guilty to neglecting Mr Brown at the Bupa-run Braid Hills Nursing Centre in Edinburgh.

The court heard that colleagues of the carer had seen her struggling with her job in general and with Mr Brown in particular.

They were so concerned they reported her to management at the home.

She was suspended from her position in January while police were contacted and an investigation was undertaken.

Depute fiscal Aidan Higgins said that in July last year, Stone had become frustrated with Mr Brown as she tried to help him into his room and started to "shout and scream" at him.

Mobility problems

Another incident on 30 November last year was also witnessed by a colleague at the home.

Mr Higgins said: "I think it's fair to say the accused was somebody who was increasingly struggling with her responsibilities."

Stone's defence agent, Elspeth McDougall, told the court that her client had been struggling with her job for some time but could not afford to give it up.

As well as mental health problems, she suffered from arthritis and mobility problems.

Deferring sentence until next month for background reports, Sheriff Deirdre MacNeill said that Stone should not have been working.

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