A carer accused of neglecting vulnerable, elderly patients after allegedly sleeping on the job was today found not guilty on 19 charges.
Titilayo Ajala was working one of her twice-weekly night shifts looking after 19 OAPs – 17 women and two men – aged 75 to 100 years old, who suffered dementia, incontinence and mobility issues.
She was accused of pulling out wires and cancelling 11 alarms linked to pressure mats, which were placed by the side of residents’ beds in case they fell.
The 56-year-old had been accused of padding up elderly patients with extra incontinence pads to reduce her workload during a 9pm to 7am shift at Westlands Care Home, Olney.
The Nigerian national was then said to have been discovered fast asleep at the £580 a week home in a lounge, while a fan heater ran, by her bare-footed care home manager and another boss during a 3am ‘sting.’
But a jury Aylesbury Crown Court, sitting in Amersham, found Ms Ajala was not guilty on all 19 counts of neglect in relation to the residents who lacked capacity.
Upon hearing the verdict, Ms Ajala of Penryn Avenue, Fishermead, looked relived after facing a nervous 10 hour and 48 minute wait while the jury deliberated.