A 30-year-old Filipino nurse — Jonathan Aquino — was sentenced to jail after he was caught on a hidden camera attacking an 80-year-old Alzheimer's patient in the United Kingdom, a report of the news site Daily Mail said. Suspecting that her mother was being abused, the daughter of patient Maria Worroll, a retired school canteen manager, placed a hidden camera in her mother's bedroom in a home care institution, the report
said. Aquino, who had no previous convictions, received an 18-month jail sentence for "dreadful breach of trust."
The Daily Mail said Jane Worroll, 30, captured "harrowing" images showing how Aquino struck her mother Maria on the face "before slapping her arms repeatedly."
Aquino was also seen striking the victim in the stomach area four times on June 21, 2011 in Kentish Town, North London. Upon learning that his actions were caught on camera, Aquino was apologetic, the report said. Aquino, who had an 18-month-old daughter, was dismissed from his job after committing the crime. Jane said somebody as vulnerable as her mother should not have to suffer unprovoked attacks at the hands of her supposed carers. She added: “If this happened to my mother and was only discovered because of a hidden camera, what else is happening to other elderly people in care?" Maria, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2008, was moved to another care home after the incident. The health website Medicine.net
describes Alzheimer's disease as "a slowly progressive disease of the brain that is characterized by impairment of memory and eventually by disturbances in reasoning, planning, language, and perception." Verdict on Aquino
In his ruling, Judge Henry Blacksell of the Blackfriars Crown Court in central London said: "It is distressing for anybody to have to watch what’s contained on the footage.
"This poor woman had been transferred to this institution in the hope that she should receive proper care and attention," he said.
He added that caregivers "who are caught misusing their responsibility should be held to account." - Andrei Medina/VVP/YA, GMA News