Court acquits two carers of 12 counts of assault after hidden camera captures them manhandling elderly woman suffering from dementia
Ed, the son of 92-year-old Jean Robins, installed a hidden camera in her room when he noticed bruises and cuts on her skin during a visit
A horrifying footage has emerged capturing the moment two carers in a nursing home pushed a resident suffering from dementia onto her bed and forced her head down into the pillow. Unfortunately for the elderly woman and her family, a court has ruled that the two carers did not do anything wrong. The short video shows the employees of the care home pulling at 92-year-old Jean Robins and then lifting her onto a bed by force at the aged care home in Perth, Australia. The woman, who suffers from dementia which is gradually getting worse, had broken her leg shortly before the distressing incident was caught on a hidden camera in 2016. Her son, Ed, had installed the camera in her room when he noticed bruises and cuts on her skin during a visit.
The distressed son told Four Corners that there had been many instances where his mother had been left on the floor of her room crying for the carers to help for over 20 minutes. The footage is a minute long and was first uploaded by the network. It shows the elderly woman repeatedly trying to defend herself from the carers who could be heard laughing at her.
The video also shows the carers throwing the elderly woman's legs onto the bed and cruelly forcing her down into a horizontal position by pushing her down by the head and shoulders. Robins said: "Mum was in pain, obviously, putting her hands up to protect herself, and they're throwing her leg in."
Ed had captured the footage of his mother at the Morrison Lodge and he took it to the management after he saw the shocking incident. The Lodge immediately reported the incident to the Perth Police. Even though both carers were charged with 12 counts of assault, Magistrate Gregory Smith acquitted the women of all charges. The judge compared the handling of the 92-year-old woman to that of a difficult child.
He told the court: "Perhaps if I were to give a quick example, placing of a two-year-old or a three-year-old into a car seat and trying to get their seatbelt done up. If that child is compliant, then some force is needed, but not much. If the child is resisting, then more force is needed. If the child is throwing a complete tantrum, then obviously extra force is needed to achieve what has to be achieved."
"I understand that some people might look at the footage that we've seen in court and think that perhaps or probably [one of the carers] should have used a little bit less force or it didn't look very good or perhaps with hindsight, she could have done something differently. But even if I thought that myself, it would not be enough for a conviction."
Ed was shocked to hear this and said: "She was being abused. There are different types of abuse. She has been physically abused, in our eyes, and from what we were told by the police."