Care home manager walks free after using clients’ arms as weapons.

Posted: November 17, 2009 in NHS WATCH

IlieA Yorkshire care home manager with 23 years of nursing experience escaped jail after a court heard she used vulnerable adults’ arms as “weapons” to hit another resident in her care.

Police said Jane Harris, 45, is only the second person to be convicted under the provisions of the new Mental Capacity Act which makes ill-treating or neglecting a vulnerable adult a specific offence. Although, a suspended sentence isn’t much of a deterrent is it?

Harris was found guilty of six offences under this Act following a trial at Doncaster Crown Court which finished earlier this month.

The jury heard how Harris grabbed residents’ arms and used them as a “weapon” to hit a woman on the head as a punishment for her pulling hair.

The court was told how her behaviour, which took place between May and August 2007 at the Travis Gardens home for the severely learning disabled in Hexthorpe, Doncaster, left residents traumatised.

One woman involved in the abuse cannot speak but was heard to scream by other staff. Harris, from Priory Close, Conisbrough, South Yorkshire, denied any of these incidents had happened.

Leeds Crown Court, Recorder Simon Jackson QC sentenced a tearful Harris to a six-month sentence, suspended for 18 months. He also imposed a 12-month supervision order which included a requirement to do 150 hours of unpaid work.

  1. She deserves to be beaten with something heavier than an arm

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