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Residential workers at Woody Point care home in Brampton dragged patient by her arms and legs, court hears

PUBLISHED: 15:23 20 February 2017 | UPDATED: 16:09 23 February 2017

Ipswich Crown Court

Ipswich Crown Court

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Two workers at a Suffolk residential care home ill-treated a vulnerable patient by dragging her along the floor by her by her arms and legs, it has been alleged.

Care worker Andrew Gilbody and support worker Victoria Shemeld allegedly took hold of the woman, who has learning difficulties and autism, after she jumped on a table at Woody Point, Brampton, Ipswich Crown Court was told.

The two defendants stood either side of her and dragged her along the floor by her arms and legs causing her skirt to ride up, said Claire Matthews, prosecuting.

“This was not an approved technique,” said Miss Matthews.

On another occasion after the woman had been playing up, Shemeld allegedly commented “people like her should be put down at birth” and after she allegedly restrained the woman by putting her knee on her stomach, she allegedly told another staff member: “What happens here stays here,” said Miss Matthews.

On the same day Gilbody had allegedly taken hold of the woman, who was described as “demanding and physically aggressive, and pulled her off a chair and out of the dining room after she threw a plastic cup at another resident”, said Miss Matthews.

The next day Gilbody allegedly took the woman to a lounge and sat her down after she was violent. When she tried to get up he allegedly pushed her in the chest so hard she landed on the sofa with her legs in the air, said Miss Matthews.

Gilbody, 46, of Carlford Court, Worlingworth, and Shemeld, 39, of Hall Road, Clippesby, Great Yarmouth, have denied ill-treatment by a care worker on October 4, 2015. Gilbody has also denied a similar charge which allegedly took place the next day.

Miss Matthews said the defendants were suspended and arrested after other staff complained about them. During interviews both defendants denied acting inappropriately.

The court heard that while Gilbody had received NAPPI (Non Abusive Psychological and Physical Intervention) training, Shemeld was on a probationary period and had not yet received the training.

The case continues on Wednesday.

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