A care assistant who said “let’s drown the b***h” to a colleague as they bathed a cancer survivor at a care home has been spared jail.
Annamaria McPadden, 36, said she “wished the straps would snap” on the hoist 63-year-old Janette Griffin was being moved into a bath with.
While working with the vulnerable resident, McPadden said she “couldn’t take to” the pensioner.
The Daily Records reports that her colleague 23-year-old Paige Finlay gave evidence at her trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court earlier this year.
McPadden, from Glasgow was convicted of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner towards Miss Griffin at Golfhill Care Home in the city’s Dennistoun area on July 11, last year.
Sheriff Mary McCrory handed her a community payback order, as an alternative to custody, and ordered she carries out 150 hours of unpaid work within four months.
The charge had initially included that McPadden allegedly sprayed water in Miss Griffin’s eyes and sprayed deodorant in her face but sheriff Mary McCrory deleted those parts of the charge.
Defence lawyer Jack Brown made a legal submission on the last court appearance stating that there wasn’t enough evidence to convict.
However, the sheriff said there was sufficient evidence to convict McPadden and that Miss Finlay was a credible and reliable witness.
It was heard Miss Griffin – who has since died – was bed bound, had trouble speaking, and needed help with daily tasks.
Cancer survivor Miss Griffin needed a hoist to be manoeuvred from her bed into a bath.
Miss Finlay said the resident would repeatedly shout “nurse” and could say “tea”, but mumbled a lot.
She told that court that while moving Miss Griffin from her bed to the bath, McPadden commented that she “couldn’t take to Janette” which she understood to be that she didn’t like her.
The witness added: “When the hoist was halfway up Annamarie said something along the lines of she wished the straps would snap.”
She recalled that when Miss Griffin was being washed that McPadden said to her “let’s just drown the b***h”.
Asked if she responded, Miss Finlay said “No, I didn’t say anything. I knew it sounded serious, I knew she wouldn’t actually drown her.”
She claimed McPadden was angry with Miss Griffin shouting ‘nurse’ and told her "Shut up or I will give you something to shout about."
Miss Finlay also alleged McPadden put the shower hose on the resident’s face and held it there.
She said she tried to prevent the water from spraying on her because she “felt the hose was on her face too long”.
The witness also told the court that once out of the bath and on her bed, McPadden put wet towels on Miss Griffin’s face.
Miss Finlay said in her evidence she saw McPadden spray deodorant in the resident’s face as they took her to another part of the home.
Miss Finlay was upset afterwards at what she witnessed and reported the matter to her manager the following day.
Defence lawyer Jack Brown put to Miss Finlay that Miss Griffin was “stroppy” and would be abusive towards staff, which she agreed with.
The witness said: “She was difficult at times but you need to have patience to work in that kind of industry.”
The court heard evidence from another witness that McPadden was heard shouting “stop that” and “that’s not nice” and that she sounded “agitated”.
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