Winterbourne View carers due to be sentenced today
ELEVEN carers are due to be sentenced this morning after admitting abusing patients with learning disabilities at Winterbourne View Hospital, near Bradley Stoke.
The home, which should have been a sanctuary, became a battleground where ill-equipped carers mimicking Nazi guards crushed residents with humiliation and brutal restraint.
Patients at the Castlebeck Ltd run business were subjected to the de-humanising “Castlebeck Way”, Bristol Crown was told this week.
Poorly paid, inappropriately-trained staff working long shifts were left to devise their own methods of coping with people with serious learning difficulties, involving water torture, slapping, pinning down and forced feeding of medication.
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And chunks of the sorry saga were captured by an undercover reporter secretly wired for sound and vision, enabling a judge to see and hear the abuse including one defendant saying “nein, nein, nein, nein” as he appeared to slap a patient with his gloves.
The 11 care workers who will be sentenced today are:
Michael Ezenagu, 29, of Malabar Court, India Way, London, who pleaded guilty to two counts of ill-treating Simone Blake.
Graham Doyle, 26, of Brackendene, Bradley Stoke, who pleaded guilty to seven charges of ill-treating Simone Blake.
Jason Gardiner, 43, of Mellent Avenue, Bristol, who admitted two charges of ill-treating Louisa Deville and Simon Tovey.
Danny Brake, 27, of Beechen Drive, Fishponds, who pleaded guilty to two counts of ill-treating Miss Blake and Mr Tovey.
Sookalingum Appoo, 59, of Dial Lane, Bristol, who admitted three charges of wilfully neglecting Miss Blake.
Wayne Rogers, 32, of Purton Close, Bristol, who pleaded guilty to nine charges of ill-treating Louisa Deville, Mr Tovey and Miss Blake.
Alison Dove, 25, of Chipperfield Drive, Bristol, who pleaded guilty to seven charges of ill-treating Lorraine Guildford, Louise Bissett and Miss Blake.
Holly Draper, 24, of The Old Orchard, Mangotsfield, who pleaded guilty to two charges of ill-treating Miss Blake.
Charlotte Cotterell ,22, of Melrose Avenue, Yate, who pleaded guilty to one charge of ill-treating Miss Blake.
Neil Ferguson, 28, of Emersons Green, who pleaded guilty to one count of ill-treating Miss Blake.
Kelvin Fore, 33, of Ellesmere Walk, Middlesborough, who pleaded guilty to one charge of wilfully neglecting Miss Blake.
More follows later.