Cou­ple abused woman (85)

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@peter­bor­oughto­ Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

A hus­band and wife have ad­mit­ted abus­ing an 85-year-old de­men­tia sufferer in their care. Mau­rice and Deb­o­rah Camp­bell, of Ill­ston Place, Wel­land will be sen­tenced later.

Two Pe­ter­bor­ough care work­ers have pleaded guilty to mis­treat­ing and ne­glect­ing an 85-year-old woman in their care. Mar­ried cou­ple Mau­rice and Deb­o­rah Camp­bell, both of Ills ton Place, Well and, ap­peared at Pe­ter­bor­ough Mag­is­trates’ Court yes­ter­day.

Giles Beau­mont, pros­e­cut­ing, said the vic­tim was bed bound and suf­fered from Alzheimer’s and de­men­tia. The de­fen­dants had been car­ing for the woman for a peri- od of time, mak­ing four vis­its a day.

Mr Beau­mont said: “The mem­bers of the vic­tim’s fam­ily in­stalled CCTV cam­eras in the bed­room be­cause the de­fen­dants were go­ing on hol­i­day, and new car­ers were com­ing in. Later they in­spected the room, and found food smashed on the ra­di­a­tor.

“They de­cided to ex­am­ine the CCTV, and found Mau­rice as­saulted the lady, and also she was ver­bally abused over a pe­riod of time.

“There was twist­ing of the wrist and fin­gers, he put his weight on her stom­ach while she was drink­ing, rammed an ob­ject into her mouth to make her take tablets, and slapped her across the head.

“Deb­o­rah Camp­bell was present, and made no at­tempt to in­ter­vene, and also added her own verbal abuse.”

Mau­rice, (56), and Deb­o­rah, (57), both pleaded guilty to ill-treat­ing and wil­fully ne­glect­ing the 85- year-old woman be­tween March 30 and May 10 this year.

District Judge Ken Sher­a­ton said: “The al­le­ga­tions I’ve heard are ex­tremely se­ri­ous and not with­stand­ing the guilty pleas, in my view the sen­tence will be greater than I can im­pose.”

They have been given bail to ap­pear at Pe­ter­bor­ough Crown Court for sen­tenc­ing at a date to be con­firmed.

Deb­o­rah and Mau­rice Camp­bell

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