Nurse guilty of ill-treating patient

Published Monday, 01 September 2014
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A nurse has pleaded guilty to ill-treating an elderly patient last year at the Rush Hall Care Home in Limavady, Co Londonderry.

Nurse guilty of ill-treating patient
Sentencing is to take place in October. (© UTV)

Susanna Simber, of Ballykelly Road in Limavady and originally from the Philippines, appeared in Londonderry Magistrates' Court charged with ill-treating a female patient and assaulting the same patient aged in her 80s.

However, at the opening of the trial on Monday, defence barrister Ms Nicola Rountree told District Judge Barney McElholm that following discussions with the Public Prosecution Service, one charge was being admitted and the second charge withdrawn.

The 59-year-old pleaded guilty to a charge that on 30 May, 2013, while employed at the nursing home, she ill-treated a female patient who at the time was receiving treatment for a mental disorder.

A second charge against the defendant, who has been suspended by her employer since May of last year, that she assaulted the same elderly patient was withdrawn.

Ms Rountree said that witnesses from England who were due to travel over to Derry to give evidence on Thursday, were now no longer required.

The defendant, who has no previous criminal convictions, was released on continuing bail until sentencing on 1 October.

As part of her bail conditions, Simber is to continue to reside at her home address.

© UTV News
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