Coventry care home owner is accused of theft

Posted on May 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

No further action will be taken against a Coventry care home boss who was charged with stealing almost £17,000 from a resident. Steven Harris, 46, who runs the Westwood Rest Home in Coundon, faced the theft charges before Coventry Crown Court, but Judge Patrick Eccles ruled the charges should lie on file after documents recently found showed that the recollections of former resident Edith Horsely, now 90, were unreliable. Mr Harris was awarded his defence costs but Judge Eccles did comment on the state of book keeping at the home “There is no doubt to me that a proper book-keeping system would have avoided this at the outset,” Judge Eccles said. After the case Michael Geeson, Mr Harris¹s solicitor, said Mr Harris should never have been put through the ordeal that he had suffered over the last three years. “Mr Harris has spent more than 15 years looking after elderly people with his wife and loyal members of staff, and the allegations that were made against him have caused deep distress for them all,” Mr Gee

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