Women up for trial on care home allegations

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A TRIAL date has been set for four women accused of ill-treating an elderly woman in a care home.

As previously reported in The News, 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, of Seafront, Hayling Island, Katie Middleton, of Quarely Road, Havant, Carol Shann, of Bramdean Drive, Leigh Park, and Marie Abolins, of Harwood Place, Winchester, will stand trial at Portsmouth Crown Court from November 4. The offences are alleged to have taken place between September 27 and October 3 last year at the care home, in Beech Grove.

They appeared at the Portsmouth Crown Court on Monday where they each pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.