Carers convicted of abuse and neglect of elderly Alzheimers sufferer

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Carers convicted of abuse and neglect of elderly Alzheimers sufferer

A couple have admitted the ill treatment and neglect of an elderly and vulnerable woman in their care.

Maurice and Deborah Campbell were caught after their abuse was filmed on a CCTV camera in their victim’s Peterborough home.

The footage showed them both verbally abusing the 85 year old, who suffers from dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Mr Campbell, 56, was seen twisting her wrist and fingers, putting his body weight on her stomach as she tried to drink and forcefully ramming an object into her mouth in an effort to make her take tablets.

The court also heard he had also slapped her across the head.

Mrs Campbell, 57, witnessed the physical abuse by her husband but did not intervene.

Mr and Mrs Campbell, both of Illston Place, Peterborough, appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court today (September 28) and have been bailed for sentencing at Peterborough Crown Court at a date to be set.

They both pleaded guilty to ill-treating and wilfully neglecting the victim between March 30 and May 10, 2016.

Detective Sergeant Mark Little, who investigated, said: “This case involved some of the most shocking abuse of an elderly and vulnerable victim that I have come across in my career.

“Due to her dementia, the victim struggles to communicate and could not provide a witness statement so without the CCTV in her bedroom, no one would have been any the wiser to the abuse she was receiving.”

The court heard the victim was bed bound and required regular visits from carers.

Initially, there were no concerns over the care provided by the Campbells, however, when they went on holiday in March this year, the victim’s family installed CCTV cameras in her bedroom because they were worried about how she would react to stand-in carers.

When the Campbells returned, the camera was left on but it was not until May when the victim’s daughter noticed food splashed on the radiator, bed headboard and the bottom of the bed that she became suspicious and the CCTV was checked.

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