Carer who abused residents at Plymouth home avoids jail sentence
A CARER who mistreated three vulnerable people in a home has been given a suspended prison sentence.
Lewis Moore, 20, abused elderly residents in a care home and manhandled one woman up two flights of stairs, Plymouth Crown Court heard.
One vulnerable person was moved to call him a 'beast' and cry out for her dead mother, a previous hearing was told.
Moore worked at the Lambspark care home in Plympton looking after adults including some with Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and dementia.
Moore, of Millwood Drive, Leigham, pleaded guilty to three offences of ill-treating or willfully neglecting a person in his care who lacked mental capacity. The offences took place between November 2011 and January 2012.
Judge Paul Darlow handed him a 50-week prison sentence suspended for two years. He must do 200 hours unpaid work and pay £500 towards prosecution costs.
He said: "This sentence marks the revulsion of members of the community who realise the elderly are deserving of our care and respect."
But a statement from the owners of the home said: "While we respect the court's decision, we are disappointed that the sentence does not reflect the seriousness of Mr Moore's actions.
"His appalling behaviour, and the abuse of trust it constituted, was totally unacceptable. This type of conduct should never be tolerated in a caring environment."
The court heard Moore had made derogatory remarks to residents and teased them.
He manhandled one woman up two flights of stairs and put her roughly on to a bed.
Piers Norsworthy, for Moore, said: "He is at a loss to explain his behaviour and it may be he is just so ashamed, he is not in a position to articulate in any way that can be understood by others.
"He wishes to apologise to those who have been affected by his behaviour. He accepts it was completely out of order."
He added Moore had not only lost his job at the care home, but a more recent job as a driver following reports of his case.