Carer who hit pensioner in the groin given prison sentence


A carer who neglected and physically abused an elderly man has been sentenced to nine months in prison.

Vangirai Michael Kufa pleaded guilty to the ill treatment of a person without mental capacity during his employment as a temporary agency carer at HC-One’s Avandale Lodge in Northwich (pictured), CheshireLive reported.

The incidents came to light after the 67 year old man’s family installed a camera in his room when they became concerned about incidents during his care.

The film footage showed Mr Kufa using his phone and ignoring the resident on Wednesday, February 28.

When the resident, who has sadly since passed away, attempted to get attention, the footage showed Mr Kufa elbowing him in the back and hitting him in the groin four times.

Following sentencing, Detective Constable Chris Percival, of Northwich CID, said: “I hope that Kufa’s conviction will allow the victim’s family to move forward with their lives, knowing that he will never be able to subject any other family to such an appalling experience.”

A spokesperson for the home added: Mr Kufa was employed by a temporary staffing agency and worked at our home in early 2018.

“His behaviour goes against everything we stand for as an organisation, and we handle these concerns in the strongest possible way. When his behaviour first came to light, we immediately made sure he did not work in any of our homes again.

“We subsequently provided all possible support to the affected resident and their loved ones, and did everything we could to help the police investigation. We fully support the court’s decision and retain a zero-tolerance approach any behaviour which goes against our ethos of kindness.”

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