A carer who was found sleeping in an armchair after the alarms of residents she was supposed to be looking after had been disabled was today convicted by a jury of neglecting 19 vulnerable adults.
Henretta Offae, aged 41, of St Chad's Road, Derby, was found guilty of 19 counts of ill treatment or neglect of a person who lacks capacity today, following a re-trial at Amersham Crown Court.
Each of the charges relates to 19 resident at Westlands Residential Home in High Street, Olney, Bucks, where she was working.
At 3am on 18 August 2011 Offae was found asleep in an armchair by a manager while she was supposed to be caring for the residents at the home, which specialises in looking after vulnerable adults with dementia.
After she was caught, it was discovered that residents alarms had been disabled, some had two or three continence pads on and no paperwork was completed for the five hours she had worked indicating no care had been administered.
Following the verdicts, investigating officer Detective Constable Marcus Miller said: "We were notified in August 2011 of a number of vulnerable adult safeguarding referrals, made by Westlands Residential Home in Olney.
"The crimes Offae has been convicted for were committed without any consideration for the welfare of the extremely vulnerable and elderly adults she was paid to care for. Offae did everything she could to ensure her own sleep wasn't disturbed, putting the health and lives of residents at risk."
A court has been shown a photograph that allegedly shows two carers asleep on a nightshift at a care home near Milton Keynes.
Aylesbury Crown Court's been told that Titilayo Ajala and Henretta Offae were found apparently asleep. The court heard they had unplugged the alarms of elderly patients at the Westlands care home in Olney so that they would not be disturbed.
The pair face 19 charges of ill-treatment or neglect.
The jury was told the picture was taken by the care home manager in an unannounced visit at 2.40am on August 18 2011.
The defence put it to team leader Barbara May that Ms Offae was not asleep but was resting and had her eyes closed.