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Care workers jailed for 'despicable' abuse on elderly

Three care workers who used mobile phones to film "despicable acts of abuse" on elderly dementia sufferers in Bradford have been jailed.

Phone footage showing two residents of The Dales care home being taunted and abused was shown to a packed courtroom at Bradford Crown Court.

Care workers Jolene Hullah, Tanzeela Safdar and Paul Poole stared straight ahead as they sat in the dock to avoid watching the screens showing the abuse of 86-year-old Kenneth Costigan and 99-year-old Edith Askham.

The judge, Recorder Richard Mansell QC, told them: "In these despicable acts of abuse you stripped Mrs Askham and Mr Costigan of their dignity for your own amusement and gratification.

"Those who sat in court today and watched video footage recorded on your mobile phones will have felt appalled by your sick conduct."

Recorder Mansell jailed Safdar, 23, for 21 months; Hullah, 21, for 18 months and Poole, 26, for 12 months.

He told them their offences involved "inhuman and degrading treatment" of residents at the home.

There were dramatic scenes as the three defendants were sentenced when Poole, who was the most senior worker on duty when the abuse took place, collapsed in the dock.

Dock officers and a friend, who was allowed in to help him, eventually managed to take him into the cells behind the courtroom where, after about 10 minutes, he recovered enough to come back and face his punishment.

Source Worksop Guardian