Women jailed for abusing crash victim at Bury care home

Rita Page and Lynette Crook
Image caption Rita Page and Lynette Crook were both jailed for seven months

Two care workers have been jailed for physically and verbally abusing a man left paralysed after a road accident.

The abuse took place at the Priory Highbank Centre, Bury, Greater Manchester, in 2012.

Rita Page, 69 and Lynette Crook, 33, were recorded with a hidden camera slapping the 21-year-old, prodding him and calling him a "scummy boy".

Both were jailed at Bolton Crown Court for seven months after admitting ill-treatment of a vulnerable person.

Greater Manchester Police said the patient had suffered "multiple life-changing injuries" in a road accident in 2008. He was left quadriplegic.

Due to his injuries he also has no mental capacity and cannot do anything for himself, the force said.

'Unacceptable actions'

During the patient's stay at the Priory, his family made a number of complaints about his care.

They then installed a hidden camera resembling a mobile phone charger, which captured the incidents involving Page, from Bury, and Crook, from Ramsbottom.

A spokesman for the Priory Highbank Centre said: "Everyone at the company deeply regrets the unacceptable actions of these two members of staff, both of whom had over 10 years service and previously unblemished records.

"The company will not tolerate behaviour of this nature and both healthcare assistants have been dismissed for gross misconduct."

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