A criminal charge of elder abuse

How much longer must we wait for justice for older people?

 

The Criminal Justice system is failing to protect older victims of abuse and neglect. Most cases are never prosecuted – and many should be – and police cautions are used as a cheap and easy way of avoiding the time and cost of prosecution (these are not criminal convictions). And even when cases are taken to court the result is invariably a suspended sentence or community service. When is this going to end?

A so called ‘carer’ plied an old couple with cakes and sweetness to get their pin number and then regularly stole money from them.

After 63 years of marriage they were so devastated by what she had done that they had to go into emergency care, where he died without ever seeing his wife again.

And the thief?

Our justice system gave her a six month suspended sentence and 200 hours of community service.

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How much longer must we wait for justice for older people?

It doesn’t seem to matter how cruel someone is to a frail older person, or when they inflict their cruelty, our Criminal Justice System will still deliver what amounts to only a mild rebuke to the perpetrator. Is it any wonder that abuse continues and continues and continues.

One 88 year old woman was slapped and, on Christmas Day, another 93 year old was struck, pinched and had her cheek twisted. And then she was later punched.

And the abuser?

Our justice system gave her 180 hours of community service.

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How much longer must we wait for justice for older people?

In response to the next example the family said, in tears, ‘We feel completely let down by the justice system. It seems they are protecting the abuser but who is going to protect my gran? And who can blame the family, when it seems that justice is rarely delivered?

She slapped the 82 year old woman, twisted her arm behind her back and sprayed her face with water. And she slapped her on the body.

And the abuser?

Our justice system jailed her for six months in prison, but then overturned it on appeal and gave her 200 hours community service/2 years probation instead.

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How much longer must we wait for justice for older people?

An aggravated offence of elder abuse would take account of the frailty of victims and the circumstances of the abuse. Theft does not kill younger victims, but it can kill older ones because trauma has a negative effect on the immune system of older people. if we accept the argument about ‘aggravated offences’ for racially and religiously motivated crimes, why not for our older people?

The family of a Weston pensioner, who died the day before her carer was sentenced for stealing more than £7,000 from her accounts, say the ordeal caused her a ‘huge loss of confidence.’

And the thief?

Our justice system gave her a 12-month suspended sentence. She was also ordered to do community service, and was ordered to pay all the money back within 28 days.

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You can download our Briefing Paper here
You can download our Questions and Answer page here
You can download our Full Report here

Please visit Change.org to add your name to our petition to the Home Office.

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Read the case of Freda Jobson. Footage from a hidden camera wasn’t enough to get justice. Admission of guilt by the perpetrators wasn’t enough to get justice. The courts may have been forced to hear the case because of AEA action, but they still didn’t listen.

ELDER ABUSE IS A CRIME, NOW LET’S MAKE IT ONE.

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