A WHISTLEBLOWER has described a series of “cruel” incidents by two co-workers at a Huddersfield care home.
Laura Oldroyd told a jury at Leeds Crown Court that she saw Mark Senior and Hope Young laughing after they allegedly sprayed Alcogel handwash into a resident’s mouth.
The duo, 28 and 18 respectively, are on trial for multiple counts relating to ill-treatment of senile elderly residents at Green View House care home in Gledholt in 2011.
The home has since shut down.
A third defendant, Louise Dent, 24, is charged with one similar offence.
Ms Oldroyd told the court she had seen numerous incidents of abuse against the elderly residents, many of whom had severe dementia.
She said Senior had an “inappropriate rapport” with one resident and had seen him slap her on the bottom and put his hand up her skirt.
Referring to her allegations regarding the Alcogel, she said: “They said they had done it because she was screaming ‘mum’ and ‘help’, to make her shut up.
“They were both having a laugh about it together.”
But Andrew Haslam, defending for Senior, said Ms Oldroyd had just heard a rumour.
He said Ms Oldroyd had confronted his client about the rumour and he had sarcastically admitted it – in other words he had not done it.
Ms Oldroyd denied his claim.
Ms Oldroyd also said she had witnessed Senior treating one elderly gentleman like a dog.
She said he had taken his slipper and thrown it down the hall and shouted “fetch”.
And in further allegations, she said she saw Young grab a female resident by her arm and “rag her until she fell to the floor”.