Carer, 54, caught punching vulnerable Alzheimer’s patient,

A CARER was caught punching a vulnerable Alzheimer’s patient after the victim’s worried family set up a hidden camera.

Dimitrinka Yonova, 54, was filmed hitting Royston Abbott at his care home Lanercost House in Carlisle.

They saw her jabbing her hand at Mr Abbott, 62, as he could be heard moaning loudly.

Royston’s wife Helen Abbott told Carlisle Magistrate’s Court in a statement: “I could not believe what I was seeing, I could hear clearly the sound of my husband in distress.

“I am appalled that she had done this to my husband, I feel she should not be allowed to care, or work in the care industry, or be in a position of trust ever again.

“My daughters and I noticed something which was totally out of character — he was crying when we visited him, which alarmed us and it confirmed our worst fears.

Mr Abbott, who is also known as Rossy, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease when he was about 50 years old.

The disease had also affected his grandmother.

Now Mrs Abbott fears she’ll never know the true extent of the harm inflicted on her husband, and she wants to ensure that Yonova can never harm other vulnerable patients again.

Yonova, a former nurse, was found guilty of ill-treating Mr Abbott.

She was handed an 18-month community order, with 20 days rehabilitation and 200 hours of unpaid work.

She will also have to pay £500 in costs.

Yonova denied striking Mr Abbott but did say she spoke harshly to him and failed to reassure him.

Barchester Healthcare, which owns Lanercost House, sacked Yonova after an internal investigation, Metro reports.

A spokesman said: “At Lanercost House the safety and wellbeing of our residents is of the utmost importance and we have a zero tolerance to those that don’t uphold that principle.”

They saw her jabbing her hand at Mr Abbott, 62, as he could be heard moaning loudly.

Royston’s wife Helen Abbott told Carlisle Magistrate’s Court in a statement: “I could not believe what I was seeing, I could hear clearly the sound of my husband in distress.

“I am appalled that she had done this to my husband, I feel she should not be allowed to care, or work in the care industry, or be in a position of trust ever again.

“My daughters and I noticed something which was totally out of character — he was crying when we visited him, which alarmed us and it confirmed our worst fears.

Mr Abbott, who is also known as Rossy, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease when he was about 50 years old.

The disease had also affected his grandmother.

Now Mrs Abbott fears she’ll never know the true extent of the harm inflicted on her husband, and she wants to ensure that Yonova can never harm other vulnerable patients again.

Yonova, a former nurse, was found guilty of ill-treating Mr Abbott.

She was handed an 18-month community order, with 20 days rehabilitation and 200 hours of unpaid work.

She will also have to pay £500 in costs.