Limavady care assistant Joanne Doherty receives suspended sentence

Limavady courthouse
Image caption The judge told the court he accepted Doherty had 'not set out to harm Mrs Bruce'

A care assistant who admitted wilfully neglecting a patient at a home in Limavady, County Londonderry, has received a suspended sentence.

Joanne Doherty, 43, of Anderson Crescent in the town, admitted neglecting Eileen Bruce at Rush Hall nursing home on 24 November 2013.

Mrs Bruce had suffered a fractured shoulder after Doherty tried to move her on her own, and they both fell.

The elderly woman's injuries were only discovered the following day.

Doherty had initially denied that the incident had taken place.

Passing sentence at Londonderry Magistrates' Court, the judge said Doherty had wilfully neglected the patient both in terms of handling procedures, and in her failure to report the patient had fallen.

However, the judge told the court he accepted that Doherty had not set out to harm Mrs Bruce.

Doherty was given a four-month sentence suspended for two years, and was told she should not care for a patient until she was given extensive retraining.

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