A carer, who mistreated a vulnerable woman she was meant to be looking after, has been sentenced to six months imprisonment.
On Monday 18th January, 29-year-old Jenny Dady, was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court after pleading guilty to ill-treatment or neglect of a person who lacks capacity.
The victim, 69-year-old Liz Youngs suffered with severe dementia and had limited mobility. Daly committed the offences while she was meant to be caring for her.
During the summer 2019, Liz’s daughter Corrina Cunningham became concerned after noticing minor injuries on her mother. Corrina was living with her mother in Barford at the time and had noticed injuries such as bruising and blisters on her. Due to this, they began recording footage on a CCTV camera which was already in Liz’s room. The camera was openly visible to anyone entering.
In November 2019, the police were made aware after Liz’s family viewed the CCTV footage and it became apparent that Dady had been mistreating Liz.
The court heard that the abuse took place on several occasions and included forcing Liz to eat, pulling her hair, Daly pushing her knuckles into the victim’s face and pulling her up by her nose. Daly was also verbally abusive and constantly using her mobile phone while she was meant to be caring for Liz.
On one occasion, Dady brought her dog during a visit which scratched Liz, resulting in deep cuts to her legs.
Norfolk Police said that Dady, of Furze Road, Norwich, pleaded guilty to the offence at an earlier hearing at Norwich Magistrates Court on 8th of December 2020.
Last Monday, she was sentenced to six months imprisonment and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £122.
Detective Constable Gemma Weeks, from the Adult Abuse Investigation Unit said:
“Dady was in a position of trust and left to care for an extremely vulnerable woman who had no means of protecting herself or raising the alarm to relatives. She abused this trust, treating Liz with little care; handling her roughly by pushing and pulling her. On one occasion after a shower, Liz was left for almost 30 minutes in her wheelchair with wet hair and just a towel covering her lap.
“Many incidents were captured on CCTV which makes for very unpleasant viewing. No one would want their loved ones treated in this way, particularly those who are vulnerable and have limited capacity, which is why it’s important we seek justice in these cases for the victims and their families.”
Liz’s daughter Corrina said:
“Sadly, mum passed away during the investigation, which makes it so much harder to come to terms with, knowing that she was poorly treated in the last year of her life.
“I was mortified when I found out this had been happening. I felt guilty for not being able to protect her when she needed it and that this had happened under our own roof. We trusted Jenny and thought she genuinely cared for mum but she betrayed this trust in the worst possible way.
“I found it really difficult to watch the footage, it made me feel physically sick. I couldn’t bear the thought of Jenny being in a position to care for other people’s loved ones and abuse them in the way she did my mum. I’m glad we acted on our concerns and got the camera and I would encourage anyone in a similar position to do the same.”
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