Four Nigerian health workers land in UK prison for abusing 89-year-old patient

Four Nigerian health workers have been imprisoned in Wolverhampton, U.K., following their filmed abuse of an elderly patient, an 89-year-old woman with vascular dementia and no speech capability, at a care home.

The police revealed that the woman’s family had discreetly installed a camera, capturing the abuse.

Ame Tunkara, Morounranti Adefila, Danny Ohen, and Bridget Aideyan were all convicted and sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court, as reported by BBC News.

Detectives mentioned that the family observed bruising on the woman’s arm after her one-year stay at the care home. She also displayed signs of nervousness and fear of physical contact.

In February 2020, the family initiated the recording using a camera, collecting footage spanning four days.

It showed the woman being handled roughly, hit with a pillow and treated with a lack of dignity and respect, West Midlands Police said.

When the abuse was reported to the home, three members of staff were immediately dismissed, and three other agency staff were suspended.

Police said another two suspects were identified after the footage was reviewed.

Eight care assistants were charged and four were found not guilty after a trial.

Tunkara, 33, of Walsall, and Adefila, 43, of Wolverhampton, were found guilty of ill-treatment and wilful neglect and sentenced on December 8 to four months in prison.

Ohen, 39, and Aideyan, 49, both from Wolverhampton, were also found guilty of the same offences and sentenced to six months and four months, respectively, on November 14.

Det Con Kathryn Sargent said: “This elderly woman sadly died in October and should not have spent any of her remaining years suffering such ill-treatment.”

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