Two face jail over care home neglect

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The former owner and manager of a Halifax nursing home are facing prison sentences after a jury found them guilty of neglecting vulnerable residents.

Elm View owner Philip Bentley, from Wakefield, and its manager, Faheza Simpson, showed no emotion as the jury returned unanimous guilty verdicts at the end of a complex trial yesterday.

Simpson, 49, of Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth, was convicted of four neglect charges relating to one male resident and three women while Bentley, 65, of Woodthorpe Drive, Sandal, Wakefield, was found guilty of the three allegations relating to the women.

At the start of the trial last month Bradford Crown Court heard how all the victims suffered from pressure sores while at the home and the premises were visited in October 2011 by police officers and a team of NHS nurses.

Prosecutor Nicholas Askins alleged that the home struggled to retain qualified nurses and did not have enough pressure-relieving mattresses.

The jury heard the victims of the neglect were a 68-year-old Alzheimer’s sufferer, an 85-year-old stroke victim, an 81-year-old woman who had Alzheimer’s and could not walk or speak, and a 78-year-old dementia sufferer who was completely immobile.

Mr Askins described the standard of pressure sore care at the home as “lamentable”.

Yesterday Judge Jonathan Rose said the victims were among the most vulnerable in the community.

“These are extremely serious offences,” he told Bentley and Simpson. “Offences committed against possibly the most vulnerable part of the community apart from children and in some ways as vulnerable as children.

“People who could not speak. People who could not say when they were not being treated properly and the consequences for each of the victims, for that is what they were, have been really quite dreadful.”

Judge Rose adjourned the sentencing but told both defendants he had prison sentences in mind.