Three jailed over ill-treatment at care home

Briarwood Rest Home in Lostock Hall
Briarwood Rest Home in Lostock Hall
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Three people who ill treated elderly residents at a care home have been jailed.

The joint owners of Briarwood Rest Home, together with an employee, have been jailed for a total of 32 months, after a 99-year-old woman was lowered into a scalding hot bath at the Lostock Hall home.

She suffered serious burns, but no medical help was called for her, instead the care home owners tried to disguise her injuries.

The owners of the care home, Indranee Pumbien, 58, and her husband Meghadeven Pumbien, 62, both of Grosvenor Place, Preston and their employee Niphawan Berry, 41, of Christ Church Street, Preston were all convicted of being a carer involved in the ill treatment and wilful neglect of a person with lack of capacity contrary to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 following a six week trial which ended in August this year.

Today Indranee Pumbien was jailed for 18 months, Meghadeven Pumbien was jailed for nine months and Niphawan Berry was jailed for five months after she was also found guilty of one offence.

Detective Chief Inspector Jill Johnston of Lancashire Police said: “Today’s sentences mark the end of a long and complex inquiry into the ill treatment of residents at Briarwood Care Home.

“We are committed to protecting the most vulnerable in our communities and our priority from the outset of the investigation was to ensure the safety of patients within the home. We don’t believe that the behaviour of Mr and Mrs Pumbien and Niphawan Berry reflects the behaviour of the majority of staff who worked at Briarwood and the care home is now under completely new ownership with the levels of care provided to patients carefully monitored.

“I am pleased that these defendants have been brought to account for their appalling behaviour towards the victims. They were the very people who were trusted to care for the residents and were supposed to look after them, but instead they abused and mistreated them.

“I would like to reiterate our thanks to all the witnesses who came forward in this case. With their help we have been able to put a stop to any further mistreatment and the defendants have been brought to justice for their actions.”