Carer ‘knew what it was like to be vulnerable’

Trial: Carol Ann Moore
Trial: Carol Ann Moore
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A senior care assistant who is among three women accused of abusing residents has told a jury how her father was a resident in a home run by the same company.

Carol Moore took to the witness stand in the first day of defence arguments at the trial of three workers accused of mistreating elderly residents with dementia.

They are on trial accused of ill treatment or neglect of a person who lacks capacity, under the Mental Capacity Act.

The 54-year-old was the team leader of the Coniston Unit at Slyne with Hest Hillcrest care home.

She told the court her father died in January this year and had suffered dementia.

She added: “He lived in Caton Green nursing home which is part of the Hillcrest group.

“We were satisfied with his care.”

Moore, who has been with her current husband Mick for 10 years, went on to say she “knew what it was like to feel vulnerable” because of violence in her previous marriage.

She added: “He was very abusive and an alcoholic who used to beat me every day.”

She told jurors she had worked in care for 30 years “because I love my job” and said her love of caring began when she was 11 and cared for her poorly grandmother who she lived with.

Before she started to give evidence, the judge directed jurors to formally discharge three counts against Moore and one against her co-worker Cairns following legal arguments.

Moore now faces three charges under the act, Cairns, from Morecambe, three counts, and Pearson, from Carnforth, a single count.

All the charges span from May 2010 to September 2011.