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'Evil' Yasmin May abused vulnerable at Illogan Highway care home

An "evil" carer who abused vulnerable people at a care home has been jailed for 20 months.

Yasmin May, 43, from Camborne, physically and verbally bullied people with severe learning difficulties and dementia.

May carried out the abuse from 2008 to 2013 at the Agar Crescent care home at Illogan Highway near Redruth, Cornwall.

At Truro Crown Court she pleaded guilty to four counts of ill-treatment or neglect of people who lack capacity.

'Degrading treatment'

Judge Christopher Harvey Clark told May she was "an absolute disgrace to the profession" and had committed "a gross breach of trust".

He said the people in May's care needed "patience, kindness and respect" but instead received "callousness, cruelty and degrading treatment".

The judge told May she was a "cruel bully" and the court appearance was her "day of reckoning".

The court heard May told one disabled man on several occasions: "You should have been drowned at birth."

May hit a female client repeatedly with a cushion until she was in tears and "in obvious distress".

People 'bullied'

She referred to a man in her care as "disgusting" and "a pig" and told him he was "a dirty pervert".

Philip Lee, for the prosecution, said: "This defendant ill-treated four vulnerable people by verbally abusing them, by handling them roughly and by bullying them."

May's actions came to light when colleagues complained about her behaviour.

An investigation was carried out by the care home owners, United Response, and then by the police.

In mitigation the court heard that May described her own behaviour as "horrible and evil" and said it was the result of "frustration and a lack of patience".

The public gallery at court was packed with May's former colleagues and family members of her victims.

May was sentenced to 20 months on each count to run concurrently.