Doncaster carers facing jail for abuse

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Two care assistants have been found guilty of mistreating severely disabled patients at a South Yorkshire hospital.

Sheffield Crown Court heard people attending the Solar Centre at St Catherine’s Hospital in Balby were abused and tormented by James Hinds and Susan Murphy.

Hinds, aged 59, was found guilty of 10 counts of ill-treating patients, and Murphy, 43, was found guilty of 15.

Care assistant Julie Burge, 48, and physiotherapy assistant Michael Barnard, 49, were acquitted of all charges.

The abuse took place over a two-year period from 2005 to 2007 but took so long to come to court because the initial South Yorkshire Police investigation failed to uncover sufficient evidence, before the victims’ families pressed for a deeper probe.

Police accepted they had ‘added to the difficulties’ in bringing the case to court.

Judge Rosalind Coe told Hinds and Murphy, who will be sentenced on June 14: “You are both fully aware custodial sentences are likely.”

Det Chf Insp Natalie Shaw said: “We have since worked tirelessly with the families and the CPS collating as much information and evidence as possible and utilising all the legislation and powers available to build a stronger case.”