Three Braintree women have been jailed for assaulting elderly residents at a care home.
Lorna Clark, Adeshola Adediwura and Anita Ray were sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court today.
The trio were each sentenced to four months imprisonment.
The case followed an Essex Police investigation into a BBC Panorama documentary which highlighted the treatment of residents inside the Old Deanery Care Home in Braintree.
Detectives had launched an enquiry into possible offences of neglect and assault after the programme was aired on Wednesday April 30 in 2014.
Police enquiries led to the arrest of four staff from the home and the three women were subsequently charged with offences.
They admitted assault at a hearing held last month.
Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Jennings, who led the investigation, said after the sentencing: “I am pleased that the residents and their families have now had some recompense for the sickening actions of these three women.
“They assaulted people who were vulnerable. Their families placed their elderly relatives in care thinking that they would be well looked after and these three clearly breached their trust and acted despicably.
“The offenders have lost their jobs at the care home and now they are convicted they will never work in this field again. I hope this sentence gives them some time to reflect on their actions.”
He added: “I would like to thank the investigation team for their hard work on this case, the families of all those involved and the team at the BBC for their co-operation.”
Gillian Lee, daughter of one of the victims Joan Madison, said: “Thank God this case is finally over and we get some closure today. However, there is not sufficient punishment for these crimes. The anguish and pain inflicted on my mum, our family and all those other dear people is incalculable. There are other victims who also haven’t got a voice. There must be change. To anyone working in the system or in the industry, the clue is in the title ‘care’. If you can’t or don’t – get out!
“I personally cannot thank the Panorama team and the police enough for what they have done to stop these people from ever working in care again.”