‘I will never for­give my­self for what I did to that lady’

Macclesfield Express - - CARE HOME WORKERS SCANDAL -

THE sec­ond care worker who abused a 95-year-old blind woman says he will never for­give him­self for his ac­tions.

Pe­dro Dias, 21, said he has been threat­ened in the street in the days since a judge al­lowed him to walk free from court for at­tack­ing the woman, who also has de­men­tia.

The Por­tuguese na­tional said he is so hor­ri­fied by his ac­tions that he can­not bear to watch the footage of the abuse, which was filmed on se­cret cam­eras in­stalled by Lynne Nut­tall to film her mother, Mar­jorie’s qual­ity of care. Dias has apol­o­gised for his ac­tions. But the woman’s daugh­ter hasn’t ac­cepted.

Dias is also putting some of the blame on Prest­bury House Care Home, where the in­ci­dent hap­pened, claim­ing bosses failed to act when he raised con­cerns about stress, staffing lev­els and man­age­ment of the ser­vice.

His al­le­ga­tions are strongly re­futed by the home.

Dias and Piotre Ciecielowski, 26, ver­bally abused their vic­tim as they got her ready for bed.

At Ch­ester Crown Court, Ciecielowski, of Brown Street, Mac­cles­field, and Dias of Rod­ney Street, Mac­cles­field, both ad­mit­ted ill-treat­ment while work­ing as a carer and were sen­tenced to nine months prison, sus­pended for two years and or­dered to com­plete 250 hours un­paid work.

Dias, speak­ing ex­clu­sively to the Ex­press said: “I will never for­give my­self for what I did to that lady. There is no ex­cuse for what I did, I take full re­spon­si­bil­ity. I am to­tally ashamed. Un­til that night I had worked with the lady for many months. I liked her, she was a real char­ac­ter.

“I knew how her ill­ness made her be­have some­times, but that night I was a mon­ster. Cir­cum­stances with staffing, man­age­ment, built and built and then some­thing snapped. I don’t even recog­nise my­self on that film.

“I have a mother, grand­par­ents, and I couldn’t bare for them to ex­pe­ri­ence what that lady did. It is not who I am.

“I am not ag­gres­sive or vi­o­lent. It was a bad mo­ment and I want to apol­o­gise to her and her fam­ily for what they have been put through.”

Dias added: “I am re­lieved the judge saw that my ac­tions on that night were not my nor­mal char­ac­ter or a pat­tern of be­hav­iour.

“Peo­ple in my com­mu­nity do not agree and I have been threat­ened. I will just need to ac­cept what I did was wrong and apol­o­gise.”

Dias claims that he ex­pressed his con­cerns about the im­pact stress, in­suf­fi­cient staffing and poor man­age­ment was hav­ing on him in Au­gust 2016, nine months be­fore the in­ci­dent.

He said: “Noth­ing hap­pened. I com­plained, I warned them. If any­thing, things got worse. While I ac­cept what I did was hor­ri­ble I do feel the care home could have pre­vented it from hap­pen­ing.”

The woman’s daugh­ter Mrs Nut­tall said she did not ac­cept Dias’ apol­ogy.

“Re­gard­less of what­ever train­ing he has had or what­ever stress he was un­der you don’t be­have like that. There is no ex­cuse for it.”

She thanked Ex­press read­ers for their sup­port, but urged peo­ple not to wish vi­o­lence on Dias and Ciecielowski.

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