Care home assistant ‘not guilty’ of neglect

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A WIGAN nursing home assistant accused of physically abusing seven elderly patients told police that everyone would say good things about him.

However, Liverpool Crown Court heard that Sam Rigby went on to admit during police interviews that he had had disagreements with about half a dozen of his colleagues.

But he claimed that they had got together and made up the false allegations against him.

The jury has heard that a catalogue of injuries were suffered by the seven mentally-ill residents at the Alexandra Court Nursing Home in Pemberton, allegedly at the hands of 25-year-old Rigby.

The allegations only came to light when a senior agency mental health nurse, who was in charge for a shift, was so alarmed that she notified the police.

Rigby, of Dovedale Crescent, Ashton, has pleaded not guilty to seven charges of ill treating or neglecting four men and three women, between April 1 and July 5 last year.

In his police interviews Rigby, formerly of Rainford in St Helens, denied all the allegations made against him.

These included punching, kicking, slapping and swearing at the residents, throwing items at them, intimidating and putting some in a headlock.

He said that he was a caring person, though being 6ft 3in and covered in tattoos it might not look like it, said defence counsel Jacqueline Hulme.