Trio of carers plead not guilty to neglect charges
THREE former carers from west Cornwall have appeared in court charged with wilful neglect at a day care centre for vulnerable adults in Penzance.
Benjamin Jenkins, Philip Sowden and Christine Keller were employed at the John Daniel Day Care Centre in Heamoor, Penzance.
All three appeared in Truro Magistrates' Court last Thursday where they all pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Jenkins, 22, of Penbeagle Crescent, St Ives and Sowden, 59, of Alverne Buildings, Penzance have both been charged with two counts of ill-treating or wilfully neglecting a person without capacity.
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One of those charges for Jenkins relates to an incident at the centre involving a male patient and the other is alleged to have happened between Penzance and Stithians involving a second male patient.
One of the charges against Sowden relates to the ill- treatment or wilful neglect of a male patient between April 2007 and November 2011 at Penzance.
The second charge involves an alleged incident with a second male patient at Penzance in June 2001.
Keller, 57, of High Lanes, Hayle faces one similar charge against a female patient.
All three were released on conditional bail by Truro magistrates.
They agreed with prosecutor Alison May that the case was more suited to the Crown Court.
They will reappear at the magistrates' court on April 4 for a committal hearing to send the case to Truro Crown Court.