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Carer accused of slapping woman with dementia and bending her hand back

PUBLISHED: 14:51 10 July 2017 | UPDATED: 14:51 10 July 2017

Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: GREGG BROWN

A carer at a Suffolk care home "punished" an 86-year-old woman with dementia by bending her hand back and then slapping her face, it has been alleged.

Costel Fusaru, who was working at the North Court Care Home in Northgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, allegedly lost his temper with the patient after she grabbed hold of his plastic apron as he and another carer were changing her, Ipswich Crown Court was told.

Azza Brown, prosecuting, said that a lump of the apron came away in the woman’s hand and the other carer had “gently” pulled her hand away.

Fusaru had then allegedly become angry and grabbed the patient’s wrist with one hand and pulled it back towards her forearm.

“This caused her to scream loudly and become hugely distressed,” said Miss Brown.

She said there was no reason for Fusaru to do what he did as the other carer had already taken the woman’s hand away.

Miss Brown said the other carer viewed what Fusaru allegedly did as “some form of punishment” and was so upset she left the room.

While she was standing outside the room with the door open she allegedly heard two “slapping noises” and then heard the patient screaming again.

She finished her shift at 7am and went home without reporting the alleged incident.

However, she contacted the care home manager at 10am and as a result of what she told her Fusaru was suspended from work, said Miss Brown.

He was arrested and during police interviews he denied the allegations and said the other carer had made them up or must be mistaken.

Fusaru, 45, of Greenways Crescent, Bury St Edmunds, has denied ill treating the woman on August 2 last year.

The court heard that on the night of the alleged incident Fusaru had been working a night shift between 7pm and 7am with another carer.

During the night they were required to do the rounds of patients in their care and clean and change them three times Miss Brown said that Fusaru and the other carer had a stressful night as they were the only two members of staff on that shift.

The trial continues.

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