‘Carer’ found asleep convicted of 19 neglect offences

Henretta Offae
Henretta Offae

A carer who was caught sleeping while in charge of vulnerable adults in an Olney care home has been convicted of 19 neglect offences.

Henretta Offae, aged 41, was found guilty of 19 counts of ill treatment or neglect of a person who lacks capacity on Wednesday following a re-trial at Amersham Crown Court.

Each of the charges relates to residents at Westlands Residential Home in High Street, Olney, where she was working as a carer at the time of the offences.

On August 18 2011 at 3am, Offae was found asleep in an armchair by a manager while she was supposed to giving night time care at the home, which specialises in looking after vulnerable adults with dementia.

After she was caught, it was discovered that residents’ alarms had been disabled. some had two or three continence pads on and no paperwork was completed for the five hours she had worked, indicating no care had been administered.

Following the verdicts, investigating officer Det Con Marcus Miller said: “We were notified in August 2011 of a number of vulnerable adult safeguarding referrals, made by Westlands Residential Home in Olney.

“The crimes Offae has been convicted for were committed without any consideration for the welfare of the extremely vulnerable and elderly adults she was paid to care for. Offae did everything she could to ensure her own sleep wasn’t disturbed, putting the health and lives of residents at risk.

“Our investigation showed that Westlands Residential Home was a professionally run home that promoted good working practices. It also showed that this atrocious behaviour was not indicative of the rest of the staff at the home.

“It has been a lengthy and complex inquiry and I am pleased that justice has been served.

“I would particularly like to thank the brave witnesses who gave evidence in court, which serves as a reminder that without whistleblowers these convictions would not have been possible.

“I would like to offer my sympathies to the victims and their families who have had to endure the impact of these thoughtless and senseless crimes, and extend my gratitude to the support they have shown our investigation.”