Court appearance on care home charges

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FOUR women have appeared in court charged with badly treating an elderly woman in a care home.

The women were all staff at Pear Tree Lodge, in Hayling Island.

They are accused of ill treatment and wilful neglect of a 75-year-old woman at the home, contrary to the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Amy Marie Byrne, 26, of Seafront, Hayling Island, Katie Middleton, 31, of Quarely Road, Havant, Carol Shann, 60, of Bramdean Drive, Leigh Park, and Marie Abolins, 55, of Harwood Place, Winchester, all denied the charges when they appeared at Portsmouth Magistrates Court last week.

They have all been bailed to appear back at the same court for a committal hearing on April 19.

The offences are alleged to have taken place between September 27 and October 3 last year at the care home, in Beech Grove.

Anyone with information can contact the vulnerable adult investigation team at Havant police station by phoning 101.

Alternatively information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555111.