Care home boss from Fleckney guilty of neglect

A Fleckney man who was the former manager of a care home has been handed an eight-month suspended sentence
A Fleckney man who was the former manager of a care home has been handed an eight-month suspended sentence

A Fleckney man who was the former manager of a care home has been handed an eight-month suspended

prison sentence for wilful neglect.

Archibald Hogg (87) died in July 2012 after spending the last six months of his life largely confined to a bed at Seagrave House in Corby because a manual handling survey was never carried out for him, or proper equipment bought to allow him to sit unaided.

At Northampton Crown Court last week, the home’s former boss, Stuart Smithers (40), of Fleckney, was handed an eight-month suspended prison sentence and ordered to complete a 220-hour community punishment.

The court heard how Mr Hogg had moved into the home after his daughter Lynne Bennett had been impressed after carrying out research.

However, in a witness impact statement read out in court, she described the decision as the “worst in her life”.

She added: “Mr Smithers said I should put my trust in him – but that was the worst thing I did. My fight to get dad the care he deserved began soon after.”

The court was told how Mr Hogg, who suffered from severe dementia and required help for almost all his daily needs, required a hoist to be removed from his bed and a special chair to sit in. These were never bought despite repeated requests.

Mrs Bennett said she often found her dad lying in his own excrement and urine and added that he lost a severe amount of weight in his six months at Seagrave. She said Smithers was sympathetic and helpful at first but his attitude changed after the home received warnings from healthcare professionals about Mr Hoggs’ treatment.

Nick De Freitas, representing Smithers, said his client’s career in the care home industry had been ruined and he now worked for minimum wage in a warehouse.

Speaking after the court case, Mr Hogg’s son Ron Hogg said he was satisfied with the sentence.-