Care home worker forces 101-yr-old dementia sufferer to eat biscuits off the floor 'like a dog'
26-year-old Poorooshotum Avi Seedany has denied the eight allegations that were leveled against him for assaulting four elderly residents at Braid Hills Care Home
A court heard on October 30 that a care home worker tried to make a 101-year-old dementia patient eat biscuits off the floor "like a dog" after the elderly woman spilled them by accident. 26-year-old Poorooshotum Avi Seedany reportedly attempted to make of a fool of the pensioner by trying to force her to get on the ground and eat the biscuits she spilled in the care home earlier this year. Seedany, who is commonly referred to as Avi, allegedly also attacked an elderly male resident of the care home as well by twisting his nipples and pulling his ears.
It has also been claimed that Avi, who is from Edinburgh, slapped a third resident on the head and pushed her so hard that she fell and hit her head on a chair at the Braid Hills Care Home in London earlier this year. According to the Daily Mail, the Edinburgh Crown Court heard that the care worker worked for five years at the home without any cases of abuse but then he started abusing the elderly residents over an eight-week period at the Swanson Unit.
Shirelle Cairns, another care worker, told the court on October 30 that she worked with Avi in the same shift on many occasions and that the abuse she saw him put the elderly residents through left her in tears. She said that she saw the 101-year-old dementia sufferer being abused by Avi when the elderly woman spilled her plate of biscuits on the bedroom floor.
She said: "The resident had pushed biscuits off a table and Avi wanted her to eat the biscuits off the floor. Avi said 'if you want to act like a dog then you can eat like a dog'. Her dementia was really bad so she didn't really know what's was going on."
Cairns said that she was left shocked and in tears by what happened. She added: "I called him a few names — I think I called him a horrible, vile pig. I then had to go into the toilet to have a wee greet to myself. I'd had enough and couldn't take anymore. I said a few things to him and then left the room."
The 25-year-old also told the court that there was another time when a 74-year-old male resident had been lying in bed when she saw Avi assault him by twisting his nipples. She said: "The abuse happened every time I was on shift with Avi. The resident had no top on and Avi twisted his nipples with his hands. [On another occasion] we were raising the resident's bed and as we did it Avi just pulled him up by the ears to make him higher."
Cairns also said that she saw a third occasion when she saw Avi hurting an elderly resident by leaning on a wound after the man only recently had a hip replacement surgery. She said: "Avi pulled a fist and leaned on the resident's wound until his feet were off the ground. Avi just didn't have the patience for a resident like that."
Avi will also be facing a charge for pushing an elderly female resident into a room and turning off the lights before closing the door on her for the simple reason that a small disturbance had been caused during the dinner service in the care home. The trial is still going on in front of Sheriff Frank Crowe.
The care worker has denied the eight allegations that were leveled against him for assaulting four elderly residents at Braid Hills Care Home between March 5 and May 2 this year.