Unpaid work order for Preston carer who ill treated OAP

SENTENCE: Sheila Stringer committed the offence at Lady Elsie Finney House
SENTENCE: Sheila Stringer committed the offence at Lady Elsie Finney House
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A care assistant who yanked an elderly dementia patient by his ear and knocked him to the floor has been given 60 hours unpaid work.

Angry Sheila Margaret Stringer, 59, of Arnhem Road, Callon, Preston, walked off and left the elderly man following the outburst at the Lady Elsie Finney House care home, Preston Magistrates’ Court was previously told.

Lady Elsie Finney House

Lady Elsie Finney House

The bench ordered the grandmother, now retired, to take part in a rehabilitation activity requirement and to pay the pensioner £50 compensation, as well as a £60 victim surcharge, £85 costs and a £180 court charge.

At the time of the incident, on May 4 this year, she had the care of the resident at the 45 roomed home on Cottam Avenue in Ingol.

The court heard the man could at times be challenging due to his condition.

Stringer, who has been a carer for 20 years, pleaded guilty to a single count of ill treating a person who lacked mental capacity.

The court heard Stringer, who studied at Smart Commercial College in Preston, had “lost her temper” and pushed the pensioner to the floor by taking hold of his ear, and then walked off and left him there.

Lancashire County Council sacked her after the incident.

A spokesman for the authority said: “Keeping vulnerable people safe in our care homes is our priority and clearly we don’t tolerate behaviour like this.

“This is an isolated incident and we have been working closely with the police to help them with their investigations.”

The bench was told Stringer had “a lot going on in her personal life” and that her behaviour was a “split second blip”, with no suggestion of any long term ill treatment.