Six of the ex-carers at the Winterbourne View residential care home have been jailed for a total of seven years and four months for abusing vulnerable patients with a “culture of cruelty”.
Rest of the five were given suspended sentences by a judge at Bristol Crown Court, who condemned the abuse they meted out to disabled patients at the Winterbourne View private hospital, at Hambrook, South Gloucestershire.
The shocking footage features, residents being slapped, soaked in water, trapped under chairs, taunted, sworn at and having their hair pulled, eyes poked and being held down as medication was forced into their mouths.
Wayne Rogers, 32, was identified as the ringleader in a catalogue of offences and has been sentenced for two years’ prison after admitting nine counts of ill-treating patients.
The Recorder of Bristol, Judge Neil Ford QC, has described Winterbourne View an “institution in which systematic abuse” of vulnerable people took place.
He has given opinion: “The hospital was run with a view to profit and with a scandalous lack of regard to the interests of its residents and staff.
“A culture of ill-treatment developed and, as is often the case, cruelty bred cruelty.
“This culture corrupted and debased, to varying degrees, the defendants.”
He told the defendants: “These offences constituted a gross breach of trust and power.
“Your victims were particularly vulnerable and have been significantly affected by your acts of abuse in the context of a regime of continuing abuse.
“In each of your cases I take the view that only custodial offences reflect the seriousness of your offending.”
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