Rush Hall nursing home: Limavady woman convicted for ill treating patients

A care worker at a nursing home in Limavady, County Londonderry, has been convicted of ill treating two elderly dementia patients.

Brenda Elizabeth Andrews, from Rose Park, Limavady, pleaded guilty to ill treating the two men aged 80 and 87.

She is the third care assistant at Rush Hall nursing home to be convicted this year.

Andrews tapped both men on their backsides on a date in May 2013.

She also put her hand over the mouth of one of the men on a separate date in May 2013.

She was told at the time by a colleague her actions were inappropriate.

A defence solicitor said his client had accepted responsibility for her actions and now accepts she will never get a similar job again.

The district judge accepted that no form of pain was inflicted on the men and said it was "not a case of elderly patients in care being treated in a cruel and shocking fashion".

He said: "However it is important for carers to maintain the dignity of their patients.

"Whilst the case was disturbing for the patients, their families and wider community it is important the courts do not react in a hysterical or populist manner."

He imposed a three-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months on each of the two charges.

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