11 sentenced for abusing patients

A Panorama investigation exposed abuse at Winterbourne View private hospital in Hambrook, South Gloucestershire

A Panorama investigation exposed abuse at Winterbourne View private hospital in Hambrook, South Gloucestershire

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Eleven members of staff caught on camera abusing patients at a scandal-hit private hospital are due to be sentenced.

The staff - nine support workers and two nurses - will be sentenced at Bristol Crown Court.

Two support workers, Wayne Rogers, 32, and Alison Dove, 25, have accepted they will be jailed while barristers representing many of the other defendants asked for the "inevitable" prison sentences to be suspended.

The shocking treatment of severely disabled people at the Winterbourne View private hospital in Hambrook, South Gloucestershire, was exposed by BBC1's Panorama. Their undercover five-week investigation, broadcast in June last year, recorded secret footage of patients being abused by carers.

A serious case review in August condemned the hospital's owner, Castlebeck, for putting profits before care. The damning independent report heavily criticised health regulators, police, social services and the NHS for failing to spot the warning signs about the abuse at the now closed Winterbourne View.

A total of 11 former staff have admitted between them 38 charges of either neglect or ill treatment of people with severe learning difficulties. The 11 defendants, who will be sentenced at Bristol Crown Court by Judge Neil Ford QC, The Recorder of Bristol, are:

:: Wayne Rogers, 32, of Purton Close, Bristol, who pleaded guilty to nine charges of ill-treating Louisa Deville, Simon Tovey and Simone Blake. He denied a charge of ill-treating Louise Bisset, which was accepted by the prosecution and he did not face trial; Alison Dove, 25, of Chipperfield Drive, Bristol, who pleaded guilty to seven charges of ill-treating Miss Guilford, Miss Bisset and Miss Blake. She pleaded not guilty to ill-treating Mr Tovey, which was accepted by the prosecution and she did not face trial.

:: Graham Doyle, 26, of Brackendene, Bradley Stoke, Bristol, pleaded guilty to seven charges of ill-treating Miss Blake. However, he denied charges of wilfully neglecting Lorraine Guilford and ill-treating Mr Tovey. The prosecution accepted the pleas and he did not face trial; Jason Gardiner, 43, of Mellent Avenue, Bristol, admitted two charges of ill-treating Louisa Deville and Mr Tovey; Michael Ezenagu, 29, of Malabar Court, India Way, Shepherds Bush, west London, pleaded guilty to two counts of ill-treating Miss Blake. He denied two further of ill-treating the same patient and a third similar charge against Mr Tovey. The prosecution accepted the pleas and he did not face trial.

:: Danny Brake, 27, of Beechen Drive, Fishponds, Bristol, also pleaded guilty to two charges of ill-treating Miss Blake and Mr Tovey; Charlotte Cotterell, 22, of Melrose Avenue, Yate, Bristol, pleaded guilty to one charge of ill-treating Miss Blake. She denied a second charge against the same victim, which was accepted by the prosecution and she did not face trial; Holly Draper, 24, of The Old Orchard, Mangotsfield, Bristol, pleaded guilty to two charges of ill-treating Miss Blake.

:: Neil Ferguson, 28, of Emersons Green, Bristol, pleaded guilty to one count of ill-treating Miss Blake. He denied a second charge of ill-treating the same patient, which the prosecution accepted and he did not face trial; Sookalingum Appoo, 59, of Dial Lane, Bristol, admitted three charges of wilfully neglecting Miss Blake; and Kelvin Fore, 33, of Ellesmere Walk, Middlesbrough, pleaded guilty to one charge of wilfully neglecting Miss Blake but denied a second allegation against the same person, which was accepted by the prosecution and he did not face trial.

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