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Thursday, July 30, 1998 Published at 13:44 GMT 14:44 UK


Health

Care worker jailed for abusing elderly women

Old people in homes are often vulnerable to abuse

A nursing home worker has been jailed for four years for abusing eight elderly women in his care.

Twenty-eight-year-old Simon Hack admitted one charge of causing actual bodily harm, three indecent assaults on women in their 80s and 90s and four of common assault.

Hack, who doctors said had a deep-seated hatred of women, worked for Sunways Nursing Home in Aldershot, Hampshire, from 1991 to 1996.

James Bullen, prosecuting, told the court: "He seemed to target the frail and vulnerable and those who could not protect themselves. He clearly made their lives hell."

The accusations against Hack included allegations that he poured cold water over a 78-year-old woman and put a stocking over her head, grabbed a 92-year-old woman's breasts, force-fed a 96-year-old and poured sherry down the throat of an 81-year-old, causing her to choke.

The prosecution said there had been over 100 complaints made about him.

Trust

Sentencing Hack, Judge Martin Tucker said the crime was "very serious".

"You were in a position of trust - it was a trust that was entirely misplaced," he added.

Many of Hack's victims suffered from senile dementia and were wheelchair-bound. Some were unable to tell other staff of the abuse and at least one suffered psychological trauma as a result of her ordeal.

Hack was sacked from Sunways after complaints about his behaviour by fellow staff. His lawyer said he was of low intelligence, did not understand the effect of his behaviour and needed psychiatric treatment.



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