A care home assistant took filmed distressed pensioners with trousers round their ankles and food smeared on their faces.
Noor Subhani could be heard laughing as he made fun of four male residents while filming them being neglected and asking them to repeat inappropriate phrases.
In horrific images and footage downloaded from his phone, one resident was seen sitting on the toilet with his trousers round his ankles and not being supported by a member of staff.
Another was sat in an armchair in the communal room with food on his face and top and did not seem to be wearing trousers.
A clip of a third resident showed him his eyes closed and his tongue out while Subhani was laughing at him.
The four residents were identified all suffering from either dementia or Alzheimer’s and two have since died.
The 29-year-old has now admitted ill-treating or wilfully neglecting four residents in his care between August 1 and September 18, 2019.
Subhani’s co-accused was recently made the subject of a suspended sentence for her part in the incident. However, it was Subhani who was known as the instigator, BurtonLive reports.
Lynn Bickley, prosecuting, said: “Both he and the co-accused took photos and videos of the residents and sent them to each other.
“The co-accused sent one of the photos to a relative who called the police. She had been shown a video of a man in distress on the toilet.
“She said it was this defendant who sent it to her.
“The defendant was arrested and both phones were downloaded and there were videos and photos of residents in varying states of wellbeing and the two were making fun of them and their conditions.
“Some were seen to be friendly photos but some were disturbing.
“The care home manager confirmed they were carrying out an internal disciplinary process, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) had been informed and it had been reported to the police.
“They were dismissed for gross misconduct.
“The defendant had been employed as a care assistant for some months to deliver personal care for residents and would work in groups of two.
“They both worked at the Willow unit for dementia residents and they were trained to understand the complex needs of the residents in that unit.
“They were also aware they should not carry phones while on duty or have any recording equipment.
“The whistleblower said she had viewed the video and was horrified by what she had seen.”
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The offences happened at the Alexandra Nursing Home, in Wilsthorpe Road, Long Eaton, where Subhani, of Burton, Staffordshire, worked.
In a victim impact statement, the daughter of one of the victims, said: “My father has had dementia for two years and needs round-the-clock care and does not have full mental capacity.
“I have always thought of the care home to be excellent and seemed to be well managed.
“In 2019 I was contacted by the police to say two carers were being investigated.
“[In one photo] I saw my father in an armchair in the communal room and he looked like he wasn’t wearing trousers and he had a stained top and food on it.
“I felt sad because he looked unkempt and grubby. I felt he was being used and set up so the carers can laugh at his expense.
“I feel my father has been neglected by these staff members and it is despicable.”
Subhani chose not to comment during his police interview.
Defending Subhani, Denise Steers told the court that his co-accused was punished with a 16-week prison sentence, suspended for 24 months.
She added: “He has abstained from offending for six years and hasn’t done anything of this nature.
“If he goes to prison he will only serve half, but if you suspend his sentence that will be tougher on him than a short spell in prison.
“I have no explanation on his behalf [for this case] because it is unacceptable.
“The behaviour was short. There were just a few clips and a few photos, but it is unacceptable.”
District Judge Andrew Meachin jailed Subhani for 26 weeks.
He said of his reasoning for an immediate sentence: “(The offence) is of appalling nature. You were the instigator and it was a breach of trust.”
Subhani must also pay a £122 victim surcharge.
A spokesman for the care home said after the case: “The health, safety and wellbeing of our residents are our top priorities. We have a zero-tolerance approach towards this type of behaviour which goes against everything we stand for as an organisation.
“At the time of these historic incidents, we acted immediately to suspend the individual in question and launched a full internal investigation.
“As a result, this individual was subsequently dismissed. Throughout this process we have worked closely with all the relevant authorities.
“We are grateful to the colleagues who raised concerns for their vigilance, in adherence with our whistleblowing policy, and for prioritising the safety and wellbeing of our residents.
“The team at the home work exceptionally hard to deliver kind, high-quality care to our residents, for which we are grateful for.”