A care home worker who denies assaulting and mistreating elderly patients sobbed in the dock as a police interview was read to jurors.
Krishunutt Vibert, 51, dressed in a purple shirt, could be seen shaking and wiping his eyes with a tissue as police officer DC Iain Zanelli, and prosecuting barrister Joe Allman read the transcript at Preston Crown Court.
He strenuously denied allegations made against him, branding them “totally lies”.
Responding to details of an allegation he had slapped a resident he replied: “No sir I never did.”
The married father, originally from Guyana, was charged after three members of staff at Greenfield Nursing Home in Tag Lane, Ingol, reported allegations to a senior staff member that the bank shift worker had abused and humiliated residents.
Vibert, also known as Desmond, is accused of grabbing one man, in his 80s, by his privates, causing him pain and discomfort, as Vibert got him ready for bed.
It is also alleged he roughly handled elderly patients and ‘threw’ a man on to his bed.
A third carer said she saw Vibert slap an elderly man on the buttock.
But in his interview he said: “I am well liked.”
Vibert, of Ellerslie Road, Preston, was interviewed by Detective Constable Ian Zanelli on July 14.
At one point, DC Zanelli, who interviewed him when the allegations were made, asked why Vibert thought three separate members of staff would make allegations against him.
He replied one of the workers, Stephen Finch, had not grasped certain parts of the job, “did not like cleaning up poo” and would leave other staff to do it.
Vibert said he had told him it was his turn on one occasion.
He claimed Stephen had later asked him to recommend him to the nursing agency Vibert worked for but he had refused, saying he needed to gain more skills at Greenfield.
He told DC Zanelli he believed it may have contributed to the allegations.