Residents ‘slapped’ and ‘bitten’ at care home

Margaret Koralewski, 65 and daughter Siobhan, 28, who are accused of neglect and ill treatment at a residential home, arrive at Teesside Crown Court''17 November 2014. Picture Ceri Oakes/Ross Parry
Margaret Koralewski, 65 and daughter Siobhan, 28, who are accused of neglect and ill treatment at a residential home, arrive at Teesside Crown Court''17 November 2014. Picture Ceri Oakes/Ross Parry

A Filey care home deputy manager stuffed toilet paper into a dementia patient’s mouth to stop her screaming and taunted an 88-year-old man before biting him on the leg, a court heard.

Siobahn Koralewski, then 27, was “taking revenge” on Ken Pinkney, 88, for breaking her mother Maragret’s shoulder while agitated, it has been claimed.

It was also alleged Siobahn forced another dementia sufferer, Elizabeth Hall, to down a cocktail of the dregs of her daily tea.

Siobahn and Maragret, now aged 30 and 67, both deny four counts of ill-treating four residents of the now closed Roundstones home in Filey, between June and November 2012.

Former care worker Jennifer Price described how she arrived in the dining room at 9am to witness the attack on Mr Pinkney, formerly of Norton, near Malton.

Ms Price told Teesside Crown Court that Siobahn pulled Mr Pinkney out of his chair by the legs, adding: “She sat on top of his stomach, holding his arms down, and started bouncing up and down on his tummy.”

The court heard Mr Pinkney was screaming for his daughter and trying to get up and lash out, while Maragret did nothing to stop what was going on.

Ms Price said: “Siobahn moved down a bit and bit him and he screamed. She bit him between the legs at the top. She got off him to answer the phone.”

She also saw Siobahn slap Mr Pinkney three or four times across the face. “It was loud enough to make a sound but not to leave a mark,” she added.

Siobahn then “roughly” put Mr Pinkney in the passenger seat of her car and drove him to Cross Lane Hospital.

“When she got back she told me she had fastened his seatbelt really tight and had the window open all the way there so he got cold,” added Ms Price.

Ms Price told the jury she would also see Siobahn preparing mixtures of leftover drinks for Elizabeth Hall, 59, who suffered from Down’s Syndrome, learning difficulties and dementia.

She said: “She was making a drink of all the drinks Liz had left – three or four drinks of tea she would not drink during the day.

“Liz was crying because she did not want to drink her drinks. Siobahn put her hand over her mouth and said ‘shut up’.”

When dealing with stroke victim Harold Waller, 91, who was supposed to be guided patiently along on his zimmer frame, Siobahn walked with him “with her knee driving him forward while she held him up,” Ms Price claimed.

“He used to be shaking and worried about falling,” she added.

Earlier Siobahn’s brother Jeremy, who is also Ms Price’s partner, told the court his sister “hated her job”.

He added: “She couldn’t handle the stress. She shouted a lot at everybody. She had no managerial skills. She had no people skills. She is not stupid. She just hasn’t got patience.

“Elizabeth Hall used to hide in her bedroom and ask ‘Is Siobahn here today?’ If she was, she would not come out.”

Another former care worker, Samantha Wainright, said the way Siobhan had dealt with the dementia sufferers had changed during her spell working at the Roundstones.

She said: “At the start it was fine – brilliant. Towards the end it was just appalling – shouting, frogmarching.”

She told the jury the degree of force used was “wrong,” adding: “I would not do it to my own grandmother so I would not do it to anyone else’s.”

Siobahn and Margaret Koralewski were arrested at the home in November 2012 and charged with four counts of ill treatment.

The trial continues.