A care worker who abused a 95-year-old blind woman has issued an apology for his role in the shocking incident.
Piotre Ciecielowski, 26, said he ‘let down’ the woman and the care home by failing to stop his colleague Pedro Dias, 21, who verbally and physically abused the elderly, blind dementia victim.
Dias threatened to ‘break every bone’ in her body, ‘kill’ her and drag her by the neck to her bed, as they got her ready for bed at the Macclesfield-based Prestbury House Care Home.
Ciecielowski was in the room when Dias slapped the victim around the face, but he failed to stop him or report his behaviour.
The incident was captured on secret CCTV cameras installed by Lynne Nuttall after she became concerned about her mother Marjorie’s unexplained injuries.
In the footage, from March 31, the distressed victim is heard repeatedly crying and pleading to God for help.
At Chester Crown Court, Ciecielowski, of Brown Street, Macclesfield, and Dias, of Rodney Street, Macclesfield, admitted ill-treatment while working as a care worker.
They were sentenced to nine months in prison, suspended for two years, and ordered to complete 250 hours unpaid work.
Cieciewlowski said he has been threatened in the street following the case.
He said he ‘deeply’ regrets not challenging Dias.
The Polish national also expressed fears that he will be attacked in retribution for his actions.
Speaking to the Express Cieciewlowski said: “My gigantic and only fault was that I neglected this lady. It was really wrong and I never though I would take part in such a situation.
“I really regret what happened and I want to apologise to the lady and her family.
“I solemnly regret what happened. When I saw the footage I was shocked.
“I don’t remember seeing the slap. I should have told Pedro to stop swearing.”
Cieciewlowski arrived in the UK two years ago and has a Masters degree in political science.
He now works for a t-shirt manufacturers in Macclesfield.
Cieciewlowski said: “I came here to make a better life. I let down the lady, a lot of people in that care home as well as the people in this country.”
Both men claimed failures in training and management at the care home played a role in their offending.
In September, the Care Quality Commission downgraded Prestbury House Care Home to ‘inadequate’, a ranking which is being ‘strongly challenged’, the home say.
A spokesman said: “This wholly unacceptable act was committed by two rogue individuals.
“We categorically refute their claims as they try to defend the indefensible – there is no justification for their inhumane and disgraceful behaviour, which is an insult to the tireless work of all the professional, caring and dedicated care workers at our home, and across the UK.
“At the time of the incident, the CQC assessment of the home was that, ‘there was a robust management structure in place’, ‘staff received support when they needed it’, ‘staff had the skills and knowledge’ needed, ‘staffing levels were structured to meet the needs of the people who used the service’ and ‘there were sufficient numbers of staff on duty to meet people’s assessed needs.’
“Our policy is to always provide more than the required number of staff so that residents receive the very best care – our 94% resident approval rating, and 9.6/10 carehome.co.uk score are testimony to the high standards we maintain.
“Residents, their families and the Local Authority all remain very supportive of the home, and do not accept the findings of the most recent CQC report, which we are strongly challenging.”