Search

Exclusive: Daughter of care home abuse victim slams four month prison sentence given to Romford nurse

10:17 11 July 2014

Veronica Davis holds an old picture of her parents, William Patrick and Bridget Rees. Photo credit: Isabel Infantes

Veronica Davis holds an old picture of her parents, William Patrick and Bridget Rees. Photo credit: Isabel Infantes

Archant

The heartbroken daughter of an elderly dementia ­patient who suffered abuse at the hands of a Romford care home nurse has spoken out after the carer was jailed for just four months.

An extract of a video where Bridget Rees holds her hands up to nurse Grace Bello during her time at Mary Seacole Nursing Home.An extract of a video where Bridget Rees holds her hands up to nurse Grace Bello during her time at Mary Seacole Nursing Home.

Faderera Grace Bello was secretly filmed manhandling, poking and verbally abusing 92-year-old Bridget Rees while working as a staff nurse at Mary Seacole Nursing Home, in Hoxton.

On Wednesday Bello, 54, of Southern Way in Romford, was jailed by a judge at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

She pleaded guilty to carer ill-treatment/wilful neglect, contrary to Section 44 Mental Capacity Act 2005, police have said.

Mrs Rees, who herself had spent nearly four decades working as a nurse at the old Hackney Hospital, died in May this year. Her death was unrelated to the abuse.

Bridget Rees, who was abused by care home nurse Grace BelloBridget Rees, who was abused by care home nurse Grace Bello

Speaking to the Recorder after the case, Mrs Rees’s daughter Veronica Davis slammed the sentence, which she said has let down her mum “100 per cent”.

Veronica, 59, lives in Bentham Road, Hackney, with her husband Keith.

She said: “It’s absolutely ridiculous. The judge may as well have just thrown a joke book at her. That’s how it felt.

“In eight weeks, she will be out walking down the street.

Care home abuse victim Bridget Rees on her 91st birthdayCare home abuse victim Bridget Rees on her 91st birthday

“My mum didn’t leave that home the same person she was. She was frightened and terrified. She lost trust in people.”

A police report has said that suspicions first arose in October last year – just weeks after Mrs Rees had entered the home – when Mrs Davis noticed bruising on her arms.

Staff told Mrs Davis the marks were caused by her mother’s medication, but unconvinced, she purchased a clock containing a motion sensitive hidden camera.

Distressing footage captured by the secret camera in December confirmed Mrs Rees’s family’s suspicions.

It showed Bello telling her to shut up, manhandling her and poking her in the face.

After the family confronted the home’s senior management, Bello was suspended from work.

She was later dismissed by Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for gross misconduct and arrested by police.

Mrs Davis has vowed to fight for CCTV to be installed in care homes and hospitals everywhere to protect vulnerable patients.

“The people in that home are so, so ill. They rely on these people to look after them,” said Mrs Davis, who suffers from multiple sclerosis.

“The NHS let my mum down, and this sentence has let her down 100 per cent.”

Mrs Rees and husband, Bill, who died 23 years ago, had both worked at the old Hackney Hospital.

Speaking after the case, a spokesman for Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, who run the home, branded Bello’s behaviour as “appalling” and said its recruitment policy had been reviewed. He said: “The safety and care of our patients is paramount. This sort of appalling behaviour will never be tolerated.

“We have made all staff caring for patients aware that this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated and ensure that all staff are trained in safeguarding adults good practice.”

Bello has been referred to the Nursing and Midwifery Council, which has the power to strike her off, and the Care Quality Commission.

Latest News Stories

15:07

Firefighters are tackling a blaze at a workshop in Crow Lane, Romford, believed to have been caused by a gas canister explosion.

13:30
Rocky

A leading animal charity has said cat cruelty is “skyrocketing” after a family pet was shot with an air rifle for the third time this month.

16:30
Two new train strikes are planned for June 4 and June 9  (Photo by Cate Gillon/Getty Images)

Network Rail workers are to stage two strikes next month after a new pay offer was rejected.

A c2c train pulling into London Fenchurch Street. They have put on 18 additional late night trains for We Are FSTVL.

Train operator c2c will be putting on additional late night services for party-goers at We Are FSTVL in Upminster this weekend.

Most read news

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

The sell out 2014 event 32 Londoners, returns to the Coca-Cola London Eye!

The Coca-Cola London Eye is proud to announce that 32 Londoners will be returning this June, following last year’s sell out event. The event will feature 32 talks, in each of the London Eye’s 32 capsules on 32 extraordinary Londoners.

You could take in stunning views of London over brunch at the Sky Garden

Celebrate lighter, brighter days with the chance of winning an indulgent brunch for two with a bottle of bubbles at Darwin, the cool and casual brasserie 36 floors up at Sky Garden.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Romford Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder