CArEr AllowED husBAnD to ABusE womAn
A carer who allowed her husband and colleague to physically and verbally abuse a bed-bound woman suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s has been given a suspended sentence. Deborah Campbell (57) of Illston Place, Peterborough, worked with her husband, Maurice looking after the 85-year-old woman last year.
CCTV footage recorded by the victim’s family showed Maurice Campbell twisting her wrist and fingers, putting his body weight on her stomach as she tried to drink and forcefully ramming an object into her mouth in an effort to make her take tablets.
Maurice (56) was jailed for 28 months in November.
DeborahappearedatPeterborough Crown Court where Judge Sean Enright was told a psychological report showed she had the mental age of a nine to twelve year old child.
JudgeEnrightsaidbecause of her mental capacity, she should never have been employed as a carer in the first place.
Shewasgivena38weekjail sentence, suspended for two years, andorderedtocarryout 120 hours of unpaid work.
Bennedict Peers, prosecuting, said: “She was not involved in committing any actual assault. The crown’s case is she did nothing to stop what was happening, and did nothing to report it.”
Charles Kellett, defending, said: “The psychological report shows she has a low general IQ, and a has the mental age of someone aged between nine and 12.”
Mr Kellett added:” She is suggestible, andwouldseekto try andconcealherownshortcomings- whicharenotofher own making.”
Judge Enright said: “Your role was failing to report or stop the behaviour of your codefendant. He has a strong personality andyouwerebent to his will.”
“Youoccupiedapositionof trust - it wasnotapositionyou wereequippedfor- youshould not have been employed in this role.”
Both Maurice and Deborah Campbell pleaded guilty to onecountofill-treating and wilfully neglectingthewoman at a hearing last year
Deborah Campbell arrives at Peterborough Crown Court on Thursday