Face flicking care worker faces prison

Woodlands Nursing Home. pic Richard Ponter 151608
Woodlands Nursing Home. pic Richard Ponter 151608

A Bridlington care worker who flicked a dementia sufferer’s face at a care home has been told he could be jailed for the attack.

Stocky Georgi Georgiev admitted at York Crown Court to ill-treating the elderly man while he was working at Filey’s Woodlands Care Home.

The Bulgarian initially denied the charge through a translator at an earlier hearing, but on Friday he admitted the incident.

While the Free Press was unable to contact management to comment on his conviction, staff at Woodlands previously confirmed he no longer worked at the home.

The 56-year-old had been working at the Primrose Valley Road on October 20 last year when the “rough treatment” of the victim - who was named in court - occurred.

At his initial hearing at Scarborough Magistrates, Georgiev’s solicitor Ian Brickman said his client “disputes completely” the claim, with defendant opting to fight the sole charge at crown court - and thus run the risk of a tougher sentence if convicted.

But on Friday, he admitted the charge although defence barrister Simon Reevell said the ill-treatment amounted to Georgiev flicking the dementia sufferer in the face, but claimed there was no slap or assault.

Judge Peter Benson postponed sentence to give probation officers time to compile a report on Georgiev.

The defendant, of Gordon Road will be sentenced on August 26. He was bailed until then on condition that he does not have any contact with elderly or vulnerable people housed by the care group Hexon Limited who run the home.

Judge Benson told him: “This is a serious matter and the court will be considering all (sentencing) options, including custody.”

The Care Quality Commission website says Woodlands has accommodation for 34 people and provides permanent and respite care.