– Ann Redropp, Head of the CPS Complex Case Team
Safety and security, and the ability to live free from fear and harassment, are fundamental human rights. The kind of offending that took place at Winterbourne View undermined these rights in an appalling and systematically brutal way.
The CPS has treated these as Disability Hate Crimes, which we regard as particularly serious.
– Detective Chief Superintendent Louisa Rolfe, CID
The eleven individuals abused the trust of victims and that of their relatives and friends. They have all pleaded guilty to criminal offences of ill treatment and neglect as detailed within the Mental Health Act.
Had it not been for the actions of individuals who raised concerns about the neglect and cruelty suffered by the victims at Winterbourne View, this wholly unacceptable behaviour would have continued unchecked.
We now await sentencing which will bring the criminal justice process to a final conclusion."
Michael Ezenugu pleaded guilty to two charges of ill treatment at Bristol Crown Court today. A total of 11 people have now pleaded guilty to ill treatment whilst working at the Winterbourne View care home in South Gloucestershire.