Penzance carers face ill-treatment charges

Three carers have appeared in court charged with ill-treating or neglecting people with learning difficulties at a Penzance care home.

Benjamin Jenkins, 22, of St Ives, Philip Sowden, 59, of Penzance, and Christine Keller, 57, of Hayle pleaded not guilty at Truro Magistrates' Court.

Mr Jenkins and Mr Sowden each face two charges of ill treatment or neglect and Ms Keller faces one charge of ill treatment or neglect.

They were remanded on conditional bail.

The three are next due in court on 1 April for committal to crown court.

The charges relate to their work at John Daniel Day Care Centre from April 2007 to December 2011.

Concerns were raised about the treatment of patients at the centre in November 2011 and Cornwall Council began an investigation.

A number of staff were suspended and last April police arrested five people. Two were released without charge.

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