Re-trial for care home worker

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A CARE home worker, who is accused of physically abusing three elderly patients, is to face a re-trial.

Sam Rigby had been accused of abusing seven patients, but a jury at Liverpool Crown Court cleared him of four of the charges last month.

Prosecuting counsel Keith Sutton told a Liverpool Crown Court judge that the Crown had decided that Rigby should face a re-trial on the outstanding charges on which the jury had been unable to reach verdicts.

Rigby, 25, of Dovedale Crescent, Ashton-in-Makerfield, was further bailed to await the trial beginning on August 1.

It is claimed the two elderly men and a woman were physically abused by Rigby between January and July last year, while he was working as a nursing home assistant at Alexandra Court Nursing Home in Pemberton, Wigan.

The charges against Rigby allege that he hit a man, held him in a headlock and threw a ball at his head, twisted the other man’s arms up behind his back and hit him and grabbed hold of a woman’s arm to stop her clapping.