Assault case against former Four Seasons carer quashed

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A Court case against a former Four Seasons care assistant has been thrown out following appeal.

The case against Catrina Tummons, who worked at Drumragh Care Home in Omagh, collapsed after the chief witness for the prosecution was no longer found to be reliable, the BBC reported.

Ms Tummons was accused of assaulting and ill-treating 86-year-old John Gormley on evidence provided by Frances Gallagher who was then working as a nurse at the home, which has since been closed.

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Ms Tummons had been given conditional discharge after it was alleged that she used inappropriate chair restraint on Mr Gallagher in July 2015.

The case collapsed after it emerged that Ms Gallagher has been suspended by the Nursing & Midwifery Council.

A Four Seasons spokesperson commented: “The original court case in which Ms Tummons was accused of being involved in inappropriate restraint came about because other staff in the home raised concerns to a manager. These were reported to the safeguarding team at the authorities as we are properly required to do. This led to the police investigation and to the decision by the Public Prosecution Service to bring the original case.

“There were care plans in place for this resident and these were provided to the court. However, there was time taken to retrieve documentation required by the court as the home had closed in 2015. A care plan for restraint was not in place as this would not have been appropriate for this resident.”

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