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Nurse banned after taking photo of vulnerable woman, 92

PUBLISHED: 09:02 14 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:42 05 October 2010

A CARE home nurse in East London has been sentenced for neglect in what is believed to be the first conviction of its kind under the 2005 Mental Capacity Act. Ma Ramona Dublas, 41, was found guilty of taking a photo of a 92-year-old semi-naked woman after being convicted of ill-treatment and willful neglect

A CARE worker in East London has been sentenced for neglect in what is believed to be the first conviction of its kind under the 2005 Mental Capacity Act.

Home nurse Ma Ramona Dublas, 41, was found guilty of taking a photo of a 92-year-old semi-naked woman after being convicted of ill-treatment and willful neglect at the private Bakers Court nursing centre in Manor Park.

It showed the elderly dementia sufferer being held up by her wrists and naked from the waist up.

Dublas told Inner London crown court she took the photo to show the woman was happy.

DIED

The woman died three weeks later, although not related to the offence.

Dublas was given a nine-month sentence, suspended for a year, plus 200 hours community service and banned from working with children and vulnerable adults.

Det Chief Ins Sam Faulkner said after the case: “She abused her position and broke the trust of the woman and her family who would have been confident she was being well-cared for.”

The Mental Capacity Act was set up to safeguard vulnerable adults who lack the ability to make some decisions for themselves, due to learning disability or mental health condition.


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