An assistant at an Elgin nursing home has been ordered to carry out 240 of hours of unpaid work under a Community Payback Order after being convicted of assaulting two elderly residents. Elgin Sheriff Court heard that Aneta Fortuniak assaulted an 83 year old woman then, four days later, assaulted a 90 year old man.
On the morning of 5 August 2015, Fortuniak and another carer from the residential home were in the room of the elderly woman. The colleague left to collect some bedding but was alerted by shouting. On returning to the room she witnessed the woman lashing out at Fortuniak who was trying to remove the bedsheets.
Fortuniak grabbed her and dragged her roughly onto her side, bruising her wrist. When the woman shouted for help, Fortuniak placed her hand across the 83 year old’s mouth and, even when asked to release her hold by her colleague, held her hand over her mouth for around a minute.
The assault on the 90–year-old man took place during the night of Sunday 9 August 2015 when during an argument with Fortuniak over the rails on his bed she slapped him across the face.
Speaking following sentencing today, Andrew Laing, Procurator Fiscal for Grampian, Highlands & Islands said, said:
“Aneta Fortuniak had been entrusted with the care of some of the older members of our community and having lost her temper, assaulted two of those she was meant to be looking after. There is no excuse for such behaviour, it is wholly unacceptable.
“Cases such as this are thankfully rare as the majority of individuals in this vital caring profession provide an excellent service, treating their residents with the care and dignity they deserve.
“We would like to assure the older members of the community that we will seek to bring those who do commit such crimes to justice.”