The director of a care home in Nottingham has become the first person in the UK to be jailed for corporate manslaughter after an 86-year old resident died of pneumonia in his home.
Yousaf Khan, director of Sherwood Rise Limited, was handed a 38 month sentence for “wanton and reckless neglect” of Ivy Atkin, a resident of the Autumn Grange care home in Nottingham.
Mr Khan pleaded guilty to corporate manslaughter by gross negligence at the Nottingham Crown Court trial.
Sherwood Rise Limited was fined £300,000.
Mrs Atkins died in November 2012. The court was told she weighed just 3st 12lbs when she died after being left emaciated by malnutrition and soaked in her own urine.
A care worker at the home raised the alarm, leading to an inspection that found urine-soaked mattresses, a shortage of incontinence pads, and residents sharing each others’ clothing because laundry had not been done.
Jason Pitter QC, the prosecutor in the trial, said: “The failures were so obvious by the time of the final inspection that they did not need to be pointed out.”