Carer is jailed for thump­ing and swear­ing at de­men­tia pa­tient, 92

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A CARER who phys­i­cally and ver­bally abused a 92-year-old woman with de­men­tia has been jailed.

Ta­mara Springett was seen by other car­ers to punch the woman, slap her, and swear at her.

Swansea Crown Court heard the 59-year-old was ill-suited to the de­mand­ing role of a carer, and would lash out at the pen­sioner in frus­tra­tion.

Jail­ing Springett, the judge was scathing about the at­ti­tude of man­agers at the firm where she worked, and the abuse only came to light be­cause of “coura­geous” co-work­ers who blew the whis­tle.

Springett, 59, of Maesy­coed, Cardi­gan, had pre­vi­ously been found guilty of ill-treat­ment while in the role of a carer when she ap­peared in the dock for sen­tenc­ing.

The jury at her trial had heard that on one oc­ca­sion Springett thumped the woman and told her she hoped she would fall over and break her neck. On an­other oc­ca­sion she slapped her on her but­tocks, and swore at her. She also grabbed her by the wrists, caus­ing pain.

James Hart­son, for Springett, said his client’s pa­tient suf­fered from se­vere de­men­tia, and could be vi­o­lent and ag­gres­sive. He added his client had not been suited to such a de­mand­ing job, and had acted out of frus­tra­tion.

Judge Geraint Wal­ters said the de­men­tia suf­ferer de­served to be treated with dig­nity, no mat­ter how test­ing that could be for those car­ing for her.

He said: “Those who choose to be em­ployed car­ing for oth­ers must ask them­selves whether they are up to the job.”

Springett was months in prison. sen­tenced to six

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