Footage caught a pair of carers red-handed, as they abused an 88-year-old lady, throwing her around ‘like a sack of potatoes’.
The married carers, 26-year-old Cristina-Alexandra Constantin and her husband, 28-year-old Viorel Constantin, were caught on camera poking at the elderly victim’s nose and pulling her head from one side to another.
The distressing footage was released by Cambridgeshire Police:
The pair were being employed by Midas Care to conduct home visits for the victim, after she was deemed unable to live independently due to her old age.
Cambridge Magistrates Court heard how the victim's son set up a camera in his mother's home after he had concerns her carers were not washing her properly.
The truth of their neglect, mistreatment and abuse was much worse and the Constantins have both been sentenced to six months in prison and ordered to pay a total of £865 in fines, ITV report.
In a statement, the victim's son, who didn't want to be identified, said:
I saw footage of supposed carers pulling and pushing her nose, having a laugh at her expense, saying things to her which she hears but can't respond to, 'throwing' her from one side of the bed to the other as if, as another carer put it, she were a sack of potatoes.
In this couple's report of what happened on their tea time call, they said that this 'touching' of the nose was innocent and to get a reaction because 'the customer doesn't talk, doesn't do anything'.
Well, so what if she doesn't talk or do anything! She is alive and she can still hear, understand and has thoughts and emotions.
Anyone working in a caring profession should care for others in the same way they would for their own loved one, or 'do to others as you would have them do to you'.
Detective Sergeant Mark Little, from the Adult Abuse Investigation and Safeguarding Unit (AAISU), said:
Understandably the victim's son was shocked and angry by what he saw.
His mother does not have the capacity to look after herself and requires professional care.
There is an expectation that your loved one will be properly looked after and cared for when putting their care in the hands of professionals and sadly, the Constantins fell below these expectations and let themselves and their contractors down.
Speaking after sentencing, the victim's son said:
My mum is the most important person in my life. If I didn't care about her, I would have moved on in my life a long time ago and, maybe, she would now have been in a home.
I wish no ill towards this couple, but it's good this has now been recorded and they'll no longer be able to work in the care industry.
We don't know how many other people they have done something similar too?
I hope other carers, or would-be carers, will hear about this case and understand, as most carers do, this is a caring profession; that they are there to help people who need a little more help than most, that you must treat them right and if you can't do that, then choose another line of work or know there are punishments for abuse.
I am thankful that I am here and could defend my defenceless mum against them.
The pair, both of Ely, pleaded guilty to wilfully neglecting a person without capacity at Peterborough Magistrates' Court.