A former senior Leeds care home worker has been found guilty of assaulting an elderly dementia sufferer on Christmas Day.
Marrianne Manning, of Tynwald Drive, Moortown, slapped Michael Bunker at least twice as she tried to restrain him at Adel Grange, in Adel, Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard.
The 52-year-old, who was suspended and eventually sacked as a result of the allegations made by two former colleagues, denied the charge.
But she was found guilty by District Judge Christopher Darnton following a two-hour trial yesterday. Mr Darnton said: “This is a very distressing and troublesome case.”
The court heard how Manning, who had worked at the home for six years and was a senior member of staff, was called to help deal with Mr Bunker, who was in his 80s, after he removed his clothes and started shouting on Christmas Day last year.
Prosecutor Jade Bucklow said Manning’s attempts to persuade him to get dressed failed and he continued to shout.
Miss Bucklow added: “The defendant shouted back at Mr Bunker and slapped him hard on his hands more than twice, saying ‘No, no, stop it’ and the force that was used by the defendant was more than what was reasonable.”
Mr Bunker became subdued as a result of the assault, the court was told.
Two carers who witnessed the incident said Manning said “sorry” to them about what had happened, but they did not report it for more than a month.
Giving evidence in court, they both said they felt “afraid” to speak out because Manning was a senior member of staff.
After Manning was arrested she told police she could not remember whether she had slapped Mr Bunker. But she told the court yesterday that she was sure she had not assaulted him.
However Mr Darnton said he saw no reason why the two staff members would have made the allegations up.
Manning will be sentenced next month.