Convicted care home worker walks free

A FORMER care home worker convicted of humiliating and ill-treating vulnerable residents has walked free from court.

Anne Weedall, 49, was found guilty of two charges of ill-treatment and one of common assault after a week-long trial at Teesside Crown Court last month.

She returned to court to be sentenced yesterday and avoided jail when she was given an 12-month community order and 120 hours unpaid work.

The judge said her behaviour fell short of the standard expected of her.

But he criticised the management structure in place at the time at the privately-run South View independent hospital in Billingham.

Weedall, of Millington Close, Billingham, subjected a stroke victim to ridicule by putting a bra over his clothing in front of other staff.

She also grabbed and shouted at a woman resident when Weedall thought she was trying to hurt her pet dog.

She also yelled there had been a “tsunami” when an incontinent woman wet herself.

Deborah Shewin, mitigating, said the incident with the dog was a “flash of temper” and described the other matters as a “loss of self-control”.

She added: “I don’t want to belittle what took place, but Your Honour may feel from everything you have heard about Miss Weedall it was out of character and there is no chance of repetition of anything of the sort.”

Judge Howard Crowson said: “Unfortunately your manner was perhaps not always appropriate within a care home environment and there are three specific instances where there is room to criticise your care of clients.

“I do think the management structure in the care home was not as it should be. Your behaviour was at all times observed, but no-one felt it right to check your behaviour or advise or to even report anything of these incidents.

“Your convictions represent an affront to the dignity of these clients.”