Carer accused of ill-treating elderly says staff ‘made it up’

DENIES CHARGES ... Christopher Allen claims other staff made up allegations against him.
DENIES CHARGES ... Christopher Allen claims other staff made up allegations against him.

A CARER accused of bullying and taunting elderly dementia patients at a residential home claims the allegations against him are simply ‘made up’.

Christopher Allen told jurors he did not mistreat any of the residents at Hillcrest care home in Jarrow and said the allegations have been made up by staff he did not get on with.

The 36-year-old, of Lawrence Avenue, South Shields, denies nine charges of ill-treating a patient between August 2009 and January 2010, and is being tried by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court.

During his evidence, Allen said: “The truth is it has all been schemed up together to get me from the start - maybe to get me sacked or disciplined.”

He said the claims against him were thought up by accusers with “a good imagination”.

Allen denied accusations he tortured a teddy bear which belonged to a 90-year-old dementia patient who genuinely believed, because of her condition, that it was her baby.

He said: “It would upset her and it would make my job a lot harder as well at the same time.”

Allen, who said he has no formal qualifications as a carer, denied every individual accusation that has been made against him, including kicking a sponge-ball at residents’ faces as they slept.

But he made accusations against another carer who was working at the home while he was there.

Allen said: “I saw he had a short temper when things weren’t going his way.

“He used to come into work smelling of alcohol. On days he didn’t have alcohol you could tell he wanted a drink.”

Allen said he saw the same male carer behaving badly towards the residents.

Allen admitted he found the job of a carer “difficult” and said: “You could get sworn at, lashed out at.”