Jury told mother and daughter ‘ill-treated’ care home residents

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A mother and daughter “deliberately ill-treated” dementia sufferers at a care home which promised them specialist help, a jury was told yesterday.

Siobahn Koralewski, 30, even “took revenge” on Kenneth ‎Pinkney, 88, after he kicked her mother Maragret Koralewski, 67, causing her to fracture her shoulder, prosecutors said. The next morning at the Roundstones residential home in Filey she stopped Mr Pinkney from getting up from his chair and shouted in his ear, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Nicholas Askins said she slapped him across the face about four times and he put up his arms to try to protect himself. He grabbed her leg and she pulled him out of his chair so he fell in his back. As he tried to get up she sat astride him and bounced on his stomach and bit one of his legs causing him to cry out in pain.

The daughter then pushed his legs towards his chest and kept him pinned to the floor while he shouted and screamed. Mr Askins said the attack was seen by both her mother, the home owner, who failed to intervene, and her brother Jeremy “who was appalled at his sister’s behaviour”.

But it was alleged Maragret Koralewski told a colleague: “You don’t feel sorry for him do you?’” The jury was told mother and daughter were also accused of ill-treating three other patients at the home between June and November 2012 including Elizabeth Hall.

They heard Siobahn Koralewski put her hands in her mouth to stop her screaming and dragging her upstairs by pulling really hard at her trousers and then pushing her along the floor with her foot. She often refused to drink and this would be kept until the end of the day when she would be made to drink them all.

The prosecution said a 
dementia sufferer Joan Normington, in her 90s, was “frogmarched” to her room and on another occasion pulled out of her chair ‎and dragged there by Siobahn.

Mr Askins said: “The prosecution case is that ‎the defendants deliberately ill-treated them.”

The mother and daughter each deny four offences of ill-treatment or neglect of people who lack mental capacity. The trial continues today.