South Yorkshire care assistants found guilty of mistreating patients

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Two care assistants from South Yorkshire have been found guilty of mistreating severely disabled patients in their care.

A jury at Sheffield Crown Court heard patients attending the Solar Centre at St Catherine’s Hospital in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, were abused and tormented by James Hinds and Susan Murphy.

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

Another care assistant, Julie Burge, aged 48, was cleared of all charges she faced.

Physiotherapy assistant Michael Barnard was also acquitted of all charges.

Hinds and Murphy will be sentenced next month.

Judge Rosalind Coe told them they would be sentenced on June 14.

She said: “You are both fully aware that custodial sentences are the likely outcome.”

Hinds was acquitted of nine further charges and Murphy was cleared of five further charges after the jury of five men and seven women deliberated for two days.

The verdicts came after a month-long trial.

Both were given conditional bail but were remanded in custody until their passports could be brought to the court and surrendered after the judge heard they had been living in Spain.