Peterborough women who abused dementia sufferers released after winning appeal

Wentworth Croft nursing home, Bretton EMN-140612-185449009
Wentworth Croft nursing home, Bretton EMN-140612-185449009
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Four women who abused dementia sufferers at a Peterborough care home have been freed from jail after having their sentences slashed.

The four were put behind bars after a judge heard of a regime of “systematic” verbal abuse at the Wentworth Croft Care Home, in Bretton, Peterborough.

Nicole Howley, (25), of Sycamore Avenue, Peterborough, was convicted of two ill-treatment counts and handed a two-year jail term at Peterborough Crown Court in April.

Joanne Fisher, (41), of Axion Avenue; Chloe Pearsall, (26), of Newport Way, and Barbara Holcroft, (63), of Lincoln Road, all in Peterborough, were found guilty of a single count.

They received nine-month jail terms.

Some residents were branded “fugly” by their callous carers and one elderly woman was told she was living in a brothel.

Another was told ‘she would be killed at 3pm’ by Howley

Judge Sean Enright, who sentenced them in April, expressed his “personal revulsion” at their lack of respect for their sick and vulnerable charges.

All four women had denied the charges, but were found guilty by magistrates.

However, their cases reached the Appeal Court today as their lawyers attacked their sentences as far too tough, given their previous good character.

After just five minutes in court Mrs Justice Cox agreed and slashed all their jail terms.

The judge, sitting with Mr Justice Jeremy Baker, acknowledged the mean nature of their quartet’s “nasty” crimes.

Residents of the home deserved the utmost respect but had been subjected to degradation and humiliation.

But the sentences passed were more in line with cases of physical brutality, rather than psychological ill-treatment.

Mrs Justice Cox cut Howley’s sentence to four months, while the other three’s terms were reduced to two months.

The ruling means each of them will now be released.