Care home worker on trial for ‘humiliating’ abuse of elderly patient

May 11, 2010 | by | 1 Comment

A care home worker humiliated a wheelchair-bound dementia patient by exposing herself and squishing her breasts into the elderly woman’s face – to ‘show off’, a court heard.

June Davies, 49, allegedly exposed her naked stomach to Iris Cameron, 93, and ”wobbled” it before she pressed her exposed breasts into her face saying ”have some of this”.

Colleagues at Honeymead Care Home in Bedminster, Bristol, were so horrified by the alleged treatment, which she conducted in front of her own’ visiting children, they reported her.

Healthcare assistant Davies, from Swansea, South Wales, denies one charge of wilful neglect or ill treatment of people in her care at Bristol Crown Court.

Ian Fenny, prosecuting, told the court that Ms Cameron suffers from advanced dementia and can be ”challenging” and that Davies knew how to ”press her buttons”.

He said: ”This defendant was well aware of the buttons to press to upset, distress and humiliate Iris Cameron, her 93-year-old charge.

”Iris had irritated this defendant or perhaps she felt the opportunity to show off in front of her family.

”She began by pulling up her work top she was wearing, and exposed her naked stomach to Iris, very close to her.”

Mr Fenny told the jury that Davies ”wobbled” her stomach close to Ms Cameron’s face as her children, who were with her at the time, looked on.

Davies then allegedly lifted her top up further and pushed her breasts against Ms Cameron’s face saying ”have some of this.”

Mr Fenny told the court that Ms Cameron was ”clearly upset and distressed” by the taunting and began to throw place mats from the table to the floor.

He added: ”The defendant decided to take the taunting of Iris to another stage, lifting up her top even further, above her breasts, which were covered by her bra.

”She pushed them up against Iris’s face saying, ‘Have some of this’.”

The incident took place at tea time on May 21st last year in front of other residents and staff while Davies’ children looked on.

The court heard that Davies also teased the victim that a male member of staff was her boyfriend.

Ms Cameron became so upset she started to call Davies a ”pig” and other members of ”horrified” staff were required to calm her down.

Mr Fenny added: ”This specific incident was witnessed by three colleagues who were so horrified, ashamed and angry by what she had done that they blew the whistle on her.”

The trial continues.

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  1. Thara says:

    It is humiliating. Do NOT phrase it like that, dear author it annoys me.

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