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Bullying carer who ill-treated residents in their 90s is jailed

Correspondent 7th Nov, 2016

A CARE home bully who narrowly avoided being jailed for mistreated elderly residents is now behind bars – after bullying staff at a shop where she was carrying out unpaid work.

Debra Bott had denied breaching a suspended sentence she was given for ill-treating two vulnerable residents at a Redditch care home

The 55 year-old, of Alcester Road, Studley, at the time, was sentenced to six months in prison suspended for two years and ordered to do 250 hours of unpaid work and to pay £500 costs.

Judge Andrew Lockhart QC told Bott, who had originally denied the charges, she had ‘avoided custody by a hair’s breadth’ – and he reserved any breaches of the order to himself.

As a result she was back in front of him in August when she denied breaching the suspended sentence by failing to comply with the unpaid work element of the order.

Following an adjournment of the breach case for her to get legal representation, she appeared at Worcester Crown Court, where Judge Lockhart is now sitting.

And after hearing Bott had been bullying towards a member of staff in a shop where she was supposed to be doing her unpaid work, and on other occasions had failed to turn up to do the work, he found she had breached the order by her behaviour.

Rejecting a submission by Blondel Thompson, defending, that she should be given another chance, Judge Lockhart ordered Bott to serve three months of the suspended sentence.

Jailing her, he told Bott: “There is no mitigation. I gave you the clearest possible warning about what would happen if you failed to comply.”

At the original hearing prosecutor Gerald Bermingham said the case involved the ill-treatment of a man and a woman, both in their 90s, at the Field View care home, where Bott was the deputy manager.

It lead to a Care Quality Commission which saw Bott resign.

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