Two care assistants who mis-treated severely disabled patients at a South Yorkshire care home have each been jailed for two years and nine months. James Hinds, 59, and Susan Murphy, 43, were said to have committed "an appalling abuse of trust".
The court heard Murphy, who is a mother and grandmother, and Hinds, who is a former miner, had been a couple for seven years and had had to endure a campaign of vigilante action against them.
The judge was told that masked raiders had broken into Hinds's house, bludgeoned him across the head and stabbed him in the ribs.
Murphy was also stabbed, her barrister told the court, and the pair had to flee from Doncaster to Spain.
Earlier, Iain Hillis, defending Hinds, said his client had worked at the centre since 1997 and said he had always tried to protect more vulnerable staff members from more violent patients. He said Hinds had spent years caring for his patients.
"He was working under very difficult circumstances," Mr Hillis said.
Two care assistants who have been jailed for more than two years were found guilty of of the ill-treatment of extremely vulnerable adults, with limited communication abilities and a range of physical disabilities including blindness.
All the incidents of abuse by James Hinds, and Susan Murphy happened in a period between January 2005 and March 2007.
Hinds was convicted of 10 charges and acquitted of a further nine after the jury of five men and seven women deliberated for two days.
Murphy was found guilty of 15 charges and was cleared of a further five.
Hinds and Murphy were found guilty of a total of 25 counts of ill-treating outpatients at the Solar Centre, at St Catherine's Hospital in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, by a jury at Sheffield Crown Court earlier this year.
They were found guilty of ill-treating 12 different outpatients between them.