Pinoy caregiver faces jail for hitting 80-year-old patient

Jonathan de Santos
Yahoo! Southeast Asia Newsroom

(UPDATE) A Filipino caregiver has been sentenced to 18 months in prison in London after hitting an 80-year-old woman in his care, with the abuse caught on camera.

According to the London-based newspaper Daily Mail, Jonathan Aquino admitted to common assault and ill treatment of a vulnerable person after being shown footage from a hidden camera.

The footage showed Aquino striking Maria Worroll, who has Alzheimer's disease, in the face, arms, and abdomen.

According to Alzheimer’s Association, the disease is a form of dementia that affects memory, thinking, and behavior.

At Aquino's sentencing, Judge Henry Blacksell QC was quoted as saying the attacks were a "dreadful breach of trust" since Worroll was put in Ash Court care home in North London so she could be cared for properly instead of being hit.

Blacksell said the elderly and vulnerable "should be able to expect better" and that Aquino had to be "held to account" for abusing his responsibility to his patient.

Jane Worroll, Mary's daughter who took the footage, said "nobody as vulnerable as my mother should ever have to suffer or endure the unprovoked attack and mistreatment she has experienced at the hands of her supposed (caregivers)."

"Had it not been for my actions, this abuse may never have been exposed, as I do not believe the existing safeguarding measures provide adequate protection," she also said.

The prosecutor for the case said Ash Court violated its own rules when it allowed Aquino to tend to Worrell. Under Ash Court's regulations, care workers work in pairs when a resident is put in bed and when bathed. Cleaning should also have been done by a female care worker, the prosecutor said.

"Despite this, it emerged that the care home had been given an excellent rating by regulators in 2009," Daily Mail reported.