Barking carer who grabbed elderly woman’s breast is sentenced
A care home worker who grabbed a paralysed patient’s breast and threatened to cut it off with a knife has walked free from court.
Mojisola Omatayo, 44, of Sebastian Court, Meadow Road, Barking, left the 88-year-old dementia sufferer with bruises to her chest and a cut lip after the attack at the Acorn Lodge Care Centre in Hackney.
Jamaican-born Omatayo was seen by a horrified colleague holding the helpless victim’s breast and calling for someone to ‘bring a knife so she could cut it off’.
Snaresbrook Crown Court heard the victim suffers from arthritis and quadriplegia so she was unable to move her arms or legs.
Omatayo was meant to be getting the woman ready for bed on November 12, 2010, when she assaulted her.
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The defendant later claimed she grabbed the pensioner’s breast as part of a ‘game’ in which she challenged patients with dementia to remember the names of body parts.
But a jury convicted her of ill-treating a person who lacked mental capacity under section 44 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
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She was handed a three-month jail term suspended for a year, plus a nine-month supervision order and a training programme.
Anthony Lenaghan, defending, said Omatayo continued to deny having committed any offence.
Judge Richard Horwell QC said the fact Omatayo was a single mum to a 15-month-old daughter had helped her escape jail.
He added: “You were seen to place your hand on the victim’s right breast and say ‘bring me a knife, let me cut it off’.
“That was a dreadful thing to both do and say - it must have caused this extremely vulnerably lady distress and there is evidence that it did.”
Omatayo was banned for life from working with children and vulnerable adults.