July 23 2014 Latest news:
Laura Burnip and Emma Lake, Reporters
Friday, July 11, 2014
This secretly filmed footage shows the abuse suffered by 92-year-old Briget Rees at the hands of a Romford care home nurse.
Faderera Grace Bello was filmed manhandling, poking and verbally abusing Mrs 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 for four months by a judge at Snaresbrook Crown Court.
She pleaded guilty to carer ill-treatment/wilful neglect, contrary to Section 44 of the 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.
A police report has said that suspicions first arose in October last year – just weeks after Mrs Rees had entered the home – when her daughter, Veronica 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. 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.