Alleged care home abuser gives evidence

Trial at Preston Crown Court of three women accused of abusing residents at Hillcroft Slyne with Hest Nursing Home near Lancaster 'Carol Ann Moore
Trial at Preston Crown Court of three women accused of abusing residents at Hillcroft Slyne with Hest Nursing Home near Lancaster 'Carol Ann Moore

A senior care assistant who is among three women accused of abusing residents at a care home in Lancaster has told a jury how her father was a resident in a home run by the same company.

Carol Moore took to the witness stand in the first day of defence arguments at the trial of three workers accused of mistreating elderly residents with dementia at Hillcroft Nursing Home, Slyne.

They are accused of ill treatment or neglect of a person who lacks capacity, under the Mental Capacity Act.

The 54-year-old was the team leader of the Coniston Unit at the home.

She told Preston Crown Court her father died in January this year and had suffered with dementia.

She added: “He lived in Caton Green nursing home which is part of the Hillcroft group. We were satisfied with his care.”

Moore, who has been with her current husband Mick for ten years, went on to say she “knew what it was like to feel vulnerable” because of violence in her previous marriage.

She told jurors she had worked in care for 30 years “because I love my job” and said her love of caring began when she was 11 and cared for her poorly grandmother who she lived with.

Before she started to give evidence the judge directed jurors to formally discharge three counts against Moore and one against her co worker Cairns following legal arguments.

Moore, of Ripon Avenue, Lancaster, now faces three charges under the act. Her co-accused Katie Cairns, 27, of Riverview Court, Morecambe, faces three counts and Gemma Pearson, 28, of Hill Street, Carnforth, a single count.

All the charges, which span from May 2010 to September 2011, are denied by the defendants.

Previously, the court was told that bean bags, which should have been used as part of recreational therapy, were thrown at residents, who were were mocked and bullied.