Cumbria

Care worker Kimberley Walker jailed for abusing women

Kimberley Walker
Image caption Kimberley Walker will be banned from working with elderly people for life

A care worker who abused two elderly women at a residential home in Cumbria has been given a 12-month prison sentence.

Kimberley Walker held a blanket over the head of one woman and a pillow over the face of another at Amathea care home in Workington in December 2010.

Walker, 24, of Newlands Lane South, Workington, denied two charges of ill treatment but was convicted last month.

She was also told she will serve half the sentence on licence.

During the trial at Carlisle Crown Court, her colleague Julie Stagg told the court she saw Walker hold a pillow over the face of one of her victims and scream: "Shut up, I am sick of hearing you."

Investigating officer Det Con James Bailey, of Cumbria Police, said: "The sentence which has been imposed on Walker is one that reflects the grave nature of the offences for which she was found guilty.

"Her actions were criminal, callous and committed against vulnerable, elderly people.

"Walker abused both the victims and her position, bringing shame on a profession dedicated to caring for others."

Methodist Homes acquired Amathea care home from Southern Cross in October 2011 after the incidents happened and said Walker had never been a member of its staff.

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