Sickening footage shows a carer abuse a vulnerable woman in her own home – including pulling her hair and force-feeding her.
Liz Youngs, 69, suffered from severe dementia and her daughter Corrina Cunningham became suspicious of injuries, including bruising and blisters, on her body and decided to set up CCTV in their home in Barford, Norfolk.
The family viewed the CCTV footage and it became apparent that her 29-year-old carer Jenny Dady had been mistreating Liz at which point police became involved, the court heard.
In the clip, Dady pulls Liz’s face up by her nose and shoves her knuckles into her face.
Shocking instances of abuse took place on a number of occasions and included forcing her to eat and pulling her by the hair, as well as being verbally abusive.
On one occasion, Dady brought her dog during a visit and it scratched Liz, causing deep cuts to her legs.
Dady was sentenced to six months imprisonment at Norwich Crown Court on Monday (January 18) after pleading guilty to ill-treatment or neglect of a person who lacks capacity and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £122.
Liz’s daughter Corrina said: “Sadly, mum passed away during the investigation, which makes it so much harder to come to terms with, knowing that she was poorly treated in the last year of her life.
“I was mortified when I found out this had been happening.
“I felt guilty for not being able to protect her when she needed it and that this had happened under our own roof.
“We trusted Jenny and thought she genuinely cared for mum but she betrayed this trust in the worst possible way.
“I found it really difficult to watch the footage, it made me feel physically sick.”
Detective Constable Gemma Weeks, from the Adult Abuse Investigation Unit, said: “Dady was in a position of trust and left to care for an extremely vulnerable woman who had no means of protecting herself or raising the alarm to relatives.
“She abused this trust, treating Liz with little care; handling her roughly by pushing and pulling her.
“On one occasion after a shower, Liz was left for almost 30 minutes in her wheelchair with wet hair and just a towel covering her lap.”