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Choke death home fined 250,000

Jesse Moores
Jesse Moores was autistic and had a history of choking

A company which ran a north London care home where a 26-year-old man choked to death has been fined £250,000.

Jesse Moores, from Friern Barnet, north London, who had autism and Tourette's Syndrome, choked on a sandwich at The Chine home in Enfield in November 2005.

Robinia, the company which ran The Chine, admitted three counts of failing to comply with health and safety rules.

The home's deputy manager at the time, Patience Etchu-Abangma, was fined £1,200 at Wood Green Crown Court.

Etchu-Abangma, 53, from Enfield, was convicted of one count of breaching her health and safety duty.

'Serious mistakes'

During the trial of Etchu-Abangma, it emerged she left Mr Moores with two agency care workers while she went off to do a secret second job at a school on the day of incident.

The judge said Etchu-Abangma bore a "heavy responsibility" over the death of Mr Moores.

During the case it was revealed there was a delay of 15 minutes before an ambulance was called to the home.

He said: "She said to the ambulance operator that people were doing CPR. That was a blatant lie, nobody was doing CPR.

"If she had told the truth, the operator would have given her instructions as to how someone should conduct artificial respiration on the patient."

Etchu-Abangma's lawyer Tony Metzer said his client was "genuinely distraught" by Mr Moores' death.

The victim's father Bob Moores, 61, from Godalming, Surrey, said he was "very happy" with the sentences.

She [Etchu-Abangma] lied and made serious mistakes, I have very strong feelings about that woman
Bob Moores, the victim's father

"It's probably a record fine for a care home group and it all means that Patience is unlikely to work in the care industry again, [it] reassures me," he added.

"She [Etchu-Abangma] lied and made serious mistakes, I have very strong feelings about that woman."

Peter Harrison QC, acting for the family, said the home had been short-staffed and some of the staff who were there had not been not properly trained when Mr Moores died.

He said: "This defendant [Robinia] fell a long way short of the expected standards, in particular failed to heed warnings not only from their own employees, but from the regulatory authority."

Robinia operates 90 homes. Chief executive Kit Doleman said the company was "deeply saddened" by the death of Mr Moores.

He said: "We would like to reiterate how sorry we are about Jesse's death and stress the significant changes that we have made to ensure that the tragic events at the Chine are not repeated."

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