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Bradford care home neglect jury discharged

Highdell Nursing Home
Image caption Prosecutors had claimed Edward Hinnells was wilfully neglected while living at Highdell Nursing Home, in Idle, Bradford

The jury in the trial of a care home manager and one of his staff has been discharged after the judge ruled it was unfair to continue with the case.

Stephen Pelkowski, 51, from Addingham, and Phillippa Robinson, 57, from Shipley had denied neglecting Edward Hinnells, 79, at Highdell Nursing Home in Idle, Bradford.

Six other staff had been previously been acquitted by the judge.

Judge Colin Burn told the jury the case would not be going any further.

Following the end of the prosecution case at Bradford Crown Court, there had been further legal submissions and the judge had decided to stay the indictment against Mr Pelkowski and Mrs Robinson.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) told the judge it would not be challenging his ruling.

The jury had heard allegations that Edward Hinnells had been living in "abject squalor and filth" at the home back in 2013.

Judge Burn said there had been a lot of legal argument revolving around the existence of evidence which was not before the CPS when the decision to bring the prosecution was made.

He said he had ruled that the evidence should have been obtained and because it was not it was unfair for the defendants to be tried without its inclusion.

"Therefore I am going to discharge you. There will be no further proceedings in relation to this criminal prosecution," he said.

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