A carer has been found guilty of ill treating an elderly patient who suffered with dementia after being secretly filmed aiming blows towards him.
Pauline Demaurie was caught on camera moving her arms towards 87-year-old Edward Bridge as he cried for help and moving her head close to his face, which the prosecution said was done in a threatening manner. She was also heard threatening to pinch Mr Bridge, who in addition to dementia suffered Paget’s disease which meant he could feel pain at the slightest touch. Though she admitted she may have slapped his arm, Demaurie claimed she had only being joking with the patient and had never abused him.
But the jury at Wolverhampton Crown Court took just an hour and 23 minutes to find her guilty. Demaurie, aged 40, of California Road, Tividale, wiped away tears after the verdict had been delivered. She was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order.
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Pauline Demaurie at court