Page last updated at 20:59 GMT, Friday, 19 February 2010

Care home owner accused of murders 'stashed drugs'

Rachel Baker arriving at court earlier in the trial
Rachel Baker denies the two murder charges

A Somerset care home assistant has told a court her boss, who is accused of murdering two residents, stashed drugs in supermarket bags in her office.

Wendy Paddick, who worked at the Parkfields Care Home in Butleigh, told Bristol Crown Court Rachel Baker kept bags of tablets in a chest of drawers.

Mrs Baker, 44, denies murdering Frances Hay, 85, and Lucy Cox, 97, with a lethal dose of medication.

She admits stealing controlled drugs from residents to feed her addiction.

Drugs over-prescribed

Ms Paddick was asked by prosecutor David Fisher if she ever witnessed Baker, of Glastonbury, storing drugs in furniture at the care home.

She replied: "There were bags of tablets in there. She put some old tablets in a bag in there.

"They were large supermarket carrier bags, full of tablets. Ones that were left over and had not been sent back to the pharmacist."

The court previously heard drugs could frequently be over-prescribed, but the usual practice was to throw away any surplus.

Earlier in the trial Mr Fisher said Mrs Baker may have had a "bizarre and perverted" desire to "control the terminal destiny" of residents in her care.

She was addicted to Class A drugs when she allegedly murdered the two residents.

The court has heard more than 5,000 units of medication prescribed to residents of Parkfields were unaccounted for between late 2005 and mid 2006.

The trial is expected to run until the end of March.



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