Byline: Mike Malyon
THE manager of a care home has been accused of "vindictively bullying" a mentally disabled female resident.
Stephen Northcote, 39, appeared before a jury at the Crown Court at Leamington yesterday, charged with ill-treating Aileen Ailes while she lived at Wembrook Care Home in Attleborough, Nuneaton.
The court was told that, between April 2007 and March 2009, he had a "spiteful, domineering" attitude towards Ms Ailes, who has suffered a neurological learning disability since birth and is now aged 60.
Northcote, of Potton Close, Willenhall, Coventry, has pleaded not guilty and it is understood that up to 30 witnesses may be called to the trial with Judge Paul Farrer QC warning jurors the case could go into a third week.
Outlining the prosecution yesterday, Andrew Smith said Northcote "had deliberately ill-treated a mentally disordered patient over two years by making her undertake such daily tasks as walking and dressing herself which she faced difficulty with and which caused her distress and made her cry."
It was explained that Wembrook Care Home operated in two houses, with three women residents in one of them and two men in the other. The home was one of several run by Individual Care Services, a company based in Redditch, Worcestershire, and was for people aged over 43 who had chronic mental or learning issues. …