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Care worker caught kissing 80-year-old with Alzheimer's, court hears

PUBLISHED: 12:10 11 June 2018 | UPDATED: 18:36 11 June 2018

Norwich Crown Court. Picture Adrian Judd.

Norwich Crown Court. Picture Adrian Judd.

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A care worker was caught taking advantage and kissing an 80-year-old pensioner with Alzheimer’s by one of his work colleagues, a court heard.

David Margrie, 59, was meant to be assisting the woman with her personal care and helping her shower.

However when a colleague walked into the room he was found “snogging” the woman, who had her arms round his neck, Norwich Crown Court heard,

Nicola May, prosecuting, said Margrie jumped away and looked shocked when his colleague found him and the woman, who was lying on a bed.

She said the matter was reported to his employers and police contacted.

Ms May said that there was no suggestion that he had sexually touched the woman and, when spoken to by officers, the victim could not remember the incident.

Margrie, 59, of Canon’s Walk, Thetford, admitted sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder.

Mark Roochove, for Margrie, said he had now retired from his work as a carer and accepted he had acted in a “professionally inappropriate” way.

He said he had been going through difficulties at the time and following publicity about the case, Margrie had some hurtful and untrue comments put on Facebook.

Judge Andrew Shaw imposed an 18-month community order and placed him on the sex offender’s register for five years.

He told Margrie he had “taken advantage” of the victim and said: “You should have been offering the victim the highest degree of care, but you took advantage of her and kissed her.”

He added: “You must have known she had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, although I am willing to accept there was a form of friendship.”

Judge Shaw said because of the victim’s condition, she had no awareness of what happened.

Judge Shaw said those employed to care for others had the highest degree of trust placed in them and told Margrie: “You breached that trust. It has cost you your career and your employment.”

However he accepted the offence was at the lowest level and he had only kissed the woman.

He also ordered Margrie to do 100 hours unpaid work.

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