Aged care worker jailed for assault on dementia patient



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A former aged care worker has been jailed for a minimum nine months after being found guilty of assaulting an elderly woman in an Adelaide nursing home.

Michael Andrew Mullen appeared in Adelaide Magistrates Court this morning after being found guilty with one count of assault against 72-year-old resident Elizabeth Hannaford.

Michael Andrew Mullen was jailed for a minimum nine months over the 2015 assault of aged care patient Elizabeth Hannaford. (AAP)
The 55-year-old was employed as a care worker at Lourdes Valley Nursing Home in Myrtle Bank in November 2015 when Ms Hannaford was found with bruising and swelling on her face.

Elizabeth Hannaford was assaulted in an Adelaide nursing home after repeatedly pulling cords out of her bed. (Supplied)
The court heard Mullen was the elderly dementia patient’s carer and had struck her more than once, with excessive force after becoming frustrated with her behaviour throughout the night.

Mullen had previously denied the allegations against him and pleaded not guilty to the offence.

Ms Hannaford’s former roommate, Meg Rogers had given evidence saying Mullen had come into the pair’s room frustrated over Ms Hannaford pulling cords out that triggered an alarm.

In a statement, Ms Rogers said Mullen said “you’re doing my bloody head in” and that there would be "consequences" if she continued.

Joanna Warde, daughter of Elizabeth Hannaford, and David Binns, ex-husband and carer, of Hannaford, proceeded with the court case despite Ms Hannaford dying months after the assault. (AAP)
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Ms Hannaford died several months after the incident, but her family proceeded with court action against Mullen.

He was sentenced to 12 months jail with a non-parole period of nine months.

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