Two carers who threw stones at people living with dementia have been jailed for 20 weeks.
Abana Arshad and Amy Greenhalgh were convicted of ill-treating a person without mental capacity following a trial at Manchester magistrates court, the Daily Mail reported.
The court heard how the two carers had filled their pockets and thrown stones at residents in their rooms while filming their reactions during their employment at Four Seasons Laburnum Court Care Home in Salford on July 15, 2018.
District Judge James Hatton said: “The victims deserve more from two young people who should have been caring for them.
“They should have been treated with dignity, yet they were not. They should have been treated with respect yet they were not. Instead these two defendants treated the victims like they were there for their own amusement.
“They mocked and bullied people who were unable to protect and defend themselves and they never demonstrated any genuine remorse for their behaviour.”
Craig Gardner, whose 67-year old father Jack was one of the victims, said: “Other staff at the care home have been nothing short of brilliant in caring for our dad and other residents but it’s been utterly horrifying for us to find out it has been taken away from us by the very people who should have been caring for him. He has been truly let down and whilst the nature of his illness likely means he will forget, we will not.”
A Four Seasons spokesperson said: “We are aware that the court has sentenced two former employees following an event in 2019. We treated the incident with the utmost seriousness, immediately suspending the staff members involved and conducting a thorough investigation. This led to a review of our safeguarding procedures and the implementation of new behavioural standards training. We have also offered every support to the residents affected and their families, as well as our full assistance and cooperation with the police.”