‘I wasn1t trained’ says care worker convicted of abuse
A care worker claimed before a court that he had not received proper training dealing with the abuse of patients. Brian Payne, 53, a former coal miner, had pleaded guilty before Cardiff Crown Court to the ill treatment of 75-year-old dementia patient Gordon Sharratt at the Blackmill nursing home care centre, near Bridgend. Payne was ordered to carry out 150 hours community work and to pay Â£100 costs. The court heard that Payne slapped Mr Sharratt as he tried to feed him. Another care assistant saw what happened and reported the incident. In mitigation it was said that Payne had not received any direct abuse training before starting work at the centre seven months earlier. The court also heard that Payne has since been dismissed from his job. Six months ago three nurses at the home were jailed at Cardiff Crown Court for abusing elderly and mentally ill patients.