Preston care home owners in court over residents' neglect

Briarwood Rest Home Image copyright Google
Image caption Briarwood Rest Home was closed in July following allegations about the mistreatment of residents

Three former Lancashire care home workers have appeared in court charged with the ill-treatment and neglect of residents.

Indranee and Meghadeven Pumbien, owners of the Briarwood Care Home in Lostock Hall, and employee Niphawan Berry appeared before magistrates in Preston.

They face 29 charges relating to some of the 18 elderly residents.

All three were bailed and the case was adjourned to Preston Crown Court for a preliminary hearing on 22 December.

They face a charges including the ill-treatment and wilful neglect of a vulnerable person, under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Mr and Mrs Pumbien, aged 62 and 58, of Grosvenor Place, were also charged with intending to pervert the course of justice.

Employee Niphawan Berry, 41, of Christ Church Street in Preston, faces one charge of wounding and two of neglecting patients.

The care home on Todd Lane South, Lostock Hall, closed in July following the allegations and now has new owners.

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