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March 19, 2012

Nine Carers Admit to Wrongdoing at Winterbourne View Home (UK)

Bristol Evening Post

NINE of 11 carers charged with abusing patients at Winterbourne View secure hospital have admitted wrongdoing, whilst the remaining two face a trial.
The private hospital near Bradley Stoke was closed by its owners after BBC TV's Panorama undercover footage appeared to show vulnerable residents being pinned down, slapped, doused in water and taunted.
A group of 11 carers are charged with some 45 counts alleging ill-treatment or neglect against five victims in February and March last year.
The defendants filed into Bristol Crown Court, where some pleaded guilty and some denied wrongdoing.
Alison Dove, 25, of Chipperfield Drive, Kingswood, pleaded guilty to ill-treating two women patients and five ill-treatments of another woman patient.
Wayne Rogers, 31, of Purton Close, Kingswood, pleaded guilty to ill-treating one woman patient and one man patient three times, and another woman patient five times.
Neil Ferguson, 27, of Guest Avenue, Emerson's Green, admitted ill-treating a patient but denied ill-treating a woman on March 13 and his pleas are being considered.
Michael Ezenagu, 29, of White City, London, denies twice ill-treating one woman and one ill-treatment of a male resident and faces trial.
Yesterday Charlotte Cotterell, 21, of Melrose Avenue, Yate, denied two counts of ill-treating a woman patient and faces trial.
Sookalingum Appoo, a 58-year-old nurse, of Dial Lane, Downend, admitted three counts of wilfully neglecting a woman patient.
Kelvin Fore, a nurse, 33, of Ellesmere Walk, Middlesbrough, admitted wilfully neglecting a woman patient but denied a similar charge and his pleas are being considered.
Jason Gardiner, 43, of Mellent Avenue, Hartcliffe, admitted ill-treating a man and a woman patient on one occasion.
Graham Doyle, 25, of Bradley Road, Patchway, denied wilful neglect of one woman patient and ill-treating a man patient once but admitted ill-treating a woman on seven occasions. His pleas were accepted
Daniel Brake, 27, of Beechen Drive, Fishponds, admitted ill-treating a man and a woman patient on consecutive days.
Last month Holly Draper, 23, of The Old Orchard, Mangotsfield, pleaded guilty to two charges of ill-treating a woman patient.
All 11 defendants were granted bail with the condition that they are not allowed to work or seek work with vulnerable people. The next hearing in the case is due on April 10.
The hospital's owner, Castlebeck, closed Winterbourne View in June last year and its 24 patients, residing there under the Mental Health Act, were transferred.

 SOURCE:   This Is Bristol.co.uk
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