A former care worker has appeared in court to face allegations that he mistreated a dementia patient at a Filey care home.
Bulgarian Georgi Georgiev will stand trial after he denied the ill-treatment of the patient at the Woodlands Nursing Home.
The 56-year-old pleaded not guilty through a translator to a sole charge relating to an alleged incident involving a patient at the Primrose Valley Road nursing home on October 20 last year.
And the Bridlington man elected for a trial before a judge at York Crown Court, despite magistrates at Scarborough informing him his trial could be held there.
At the morning hearing on Monday April 20, Georgiev’s solicitor Ian Brickman told the court that Georgiev “disputes completely” the allegation against him.
That allegation, the court heard, centred around alleged “rough treatment” of the nursing home resident.
Georgiev, dressed in a shirt and tie, spoke in broken English to confirm his name and address to the court.
But for the majority of the hearing had his hands clasped as interpreter Svetlana Terzi relayed the case to him.
The court heard he had been due to appear at Scarborough Magistrates’ last week, but the interpreter on that day no-showed. He will now appear at York Crown Court on May 5.
Until that date, he’s on conditional bail with orders not to contact the complainant in any form, and not to contact or care for any vulnerable people.
The Bridlington Free Press contacted Woodlands Nursing Home, but staff there said they were unwilling to comment while legal proceedings are ongoing.
However, management confirmed that Mr Georgiev is no longer employed at the home, which according to the Care Quality Commission website, has accommodation for 34 people.
The website adds that the service, which is run by Hexon Limited, provides permanent and respite accommodation for residents.
A surprise inspection last April found the home to be up to scratch.