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Families seeking prosecutions over Dunmurry Manor

Dunmurry Manor Care Home was the subject of an investigation after complaints by families and former staff. Credit: Pacemaker

Relatives of some of the former residents of Dunmurry Manor, the care home at the centre of a damning report, say they believe there will be criminal prosecutions.

An investigation by the Commissioner for Older People found a catalogue of “inhuman and degrading treatment” at the facility operated by Runwood Homes.

Eddie Lynch’s Home Truths report outlined issues including physical and sexual assaults on vulnerable residents by other residents, bed sores down to the bone, and more.

The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority was also heavily criticised for not being aware of the full scale of the problem, despite inspections.

However, the watchdog rejected some of the findings and, in a statement only, denied failing in its duty of care.

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Relatives of former resident Annie McCourt were among those who held a protest outside the RQIA in Belfast on Friday, calling for the organisation to break its silence.

They are already talking with lawyers and are determined to take legal action.

Her granddaughter Julieann McNally said: “Mark my words and have no doubt about it, we will be looking for criminal prosecutions in this.

“Where it’s there and the evidence is there, we will not rest until it happens.”

Annie McCourt, an 89-year-old great grandmother from west Belfast, who suffered from dementia, was a resident at the home for six months in 2016. She died later that year.

In a statement, the PSNI said it was taking “time to carefully consider the content of that report” by the Commissioner for Older People.

“The care and protection of older persons is a responsibility that we take very seriously,” the statement added.