Hayling Island care workers accused of ill-treatment of OAP

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FOUR women are due to appear in Portsmouth Crown Court charged with ill-treating an elderly woman in a care home.

As reported, 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, appeared before magistrates yesterday.

All pleaded not guilty and the case has gone to Portsmouth Crown Court, and are on conditional bail until they appear on June 10 for a plea and case management hearing.

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.