Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bully Nurse Has Jail Term Halved

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bully Nurse Has Jail Term Halved

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Byline: By Jamie Diffley

A nurse who carried out a sadistic campaign of beating and bullying frail pensioners will soon be freed after a court slashed his jail sentence.

Roland Maughan was jailed for two years after a Newcastle Crown Court jury found him guilty of six charges of common assault and another of inciting a junior colleague to inject a sedative into a pensioner's tea.

But an appeal hearing at London's High Court his sentence was halved.

Mr Justice Simon substituted a 12-month term saying the sentence imposed for the common assault offences was beyond the permitted maximum.

Twelve months was also substituted for the noxious substance charge, making a total of one year. He is now expected to be freed within days.

At his trial last year, Newcastle Crown Court heard how 39-year-old Maughan tormented defenceless residents at Willow Court Nursing Home in North Shields while he was in charge of the nightshift.

He carried out the assaults in late 2002 and early 2003. One of his acts was to straighten the legs of one elderly woman despite knowing she had a condition which left them bent.

Maughan, of Hillcrest, Whitley Bay, also frogmarched a vulnerable patient back to his room after he wandered off. He controlled another pensioner by holding his hairs at the base of the neck and forcing him to do things and would slap other patients. …

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