Lincolnshire carer jailed after locking man in caravan

A Lincolnshire private care firm worker has been jailed after he locked a brain-damaged man in a caravan.

Kevin Shelton, 57, of Mile Lane, Trusthorpe, was supposed to look after Peter Lewis, 60, who needed 24-hour care, in his Nottingham flat.

Lincoln Crown Court heard Mr Lewis was secretly taken to the caravan near Shelton's home and shut inside while Shelton worked on a market stall.

Shelton, who admitted neglect, was sentenced to 10 months in prison.

Pleas for help

Shelton, along with his wife Mary, were paid £750 a week to look after Mr Lewis in Nottingham.

Instead they moved him the 90 miles to Trusthorpe without informing employers SSP Care.

They hid the move by briefly returning Mr Lewis to his home whenever a case review was to take place.

Police were called when another caravan owner heard him crying and pleading for help on 24 August 2009.

While Shelton was officially on duty, his wife was on a day off.

Mary Shelton, who also admitted neglect, was given a six-month jail sentence suspended for 12 months and 200 hours of unpaid work.

Chesterfield-based SSP Care Services was given a two-star "good" rating at its last Care Quality Commission inspection in June 2009.

A spokeswoman said the company was sold to new owners on 5 May this year and the former owner was believed to have moved abroad.

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