Adult Care Home Staff Jailed Nine Weeks For Assaulting Resident, Courts & Crime News & Top Stories

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SINGAPORE – After a resident grabbed his collar, an adult care home worker attacked the 36-year-old man who has autism, mild intellectual disability and epilepsy.

The 28-year-old caregiver assaulted the resident twice on September 9 last year, even dragging him to the ground in one incident.

The Indian national was sentenced Thursday (October 28) to nine weeks in prison after pleading guilty earlier to two counts of self-harm.

Before handing down the sentence, District Judge John Ng noted the difficulties faced by the professionals, adding that he was sure the worker regretted his actions.

Addressing the holder of the work permit, the judge said: “The work done by people like you is not easy, I think it is a very difficult situation. Nevertheless, the message must be very clear – under no circumstances can such a situation be tolerated. “

The offender, the victim and the home cannot be named because there is a gag order protecting the identity of the victim.

The nursing assistant had been taking care of the victim since 2019.

After the victim grabbed his shirt collar in the first incident, the man threw the resident to the ground, immobilized him by holding his hands, and placed one knee on his stomach.

The offender then stood up and stepped on the resident’s stomach once.

The assistant then dragged the victim to the center of the room she was in and kicked him five times on the outside of the right thigh.

The second assault took place approximately 1.5 hours later.

The resident touched the man’s neck again but removed his hand shortly after, without retaliation from the accused.

After some time, the resident approached the accused again and extended his hand.

When told to sit on the floor, the victim did so, then extended his hand.

The worker grabbed the man’s hand, dragged him across the ground, and kicked him three times.

The incidents were captured on closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in the house. The attacks left the victim with a bruise on the back of his right thigh extending from his hip.

The injury was discovered by her mother after she returned home on September 12 of last year, and she contacted staff at the home.

The prosecution had required 10 to 12 weeks in jail, while defense attorney SS Dhillon pleaded for a four-week sentence for his client.

Offenders found guilty of willfully causing harm to another can be sentenced to jail of up to three years or a fine of up to $ 5,000, or both.

As the victim was a vulnerable person, the caregiver could have received double the maximum penalty.

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