Hidden camera captured vile care workers heartbreaking neglect of vulnerable OAP

Bisola Akindein outside court
-Credit: (Image: Tony Nicoletti / Daily Record)

A family installed a secret camera in a great-gran’s care home after a “gut instinct” made them believe she was being harmed.

Now two care workers have been convicted after the device – hidden in a digital clock – captured them mistreating frail Jean Lochrane, 88. Bisola Akindein, 34, and Diana Otobohu, 39, moved a nurse call alarm away from her and stopped her from being able to call for help at Eastbank Care Home in Shettleston, Glasgow.

Otobohu climbed on top of Jean’s bed and pulled the alarm box from the wall. The pair also used “inappropriate handling techniques” on her as her arms were pulled.

Jean Lochrane was abused in the care home
Jean Lochrane was abused in the care home -Credit:Supplied

Both pled guilty to a single charge of neglect and were each given 216 hours of community service. Jean, who has vascular dementia, was only in the home six weeks when her son John, 68, and his wife Angela, 60, realised something was wrong.

Jean told them people had been taking her buzzer away and said: “They are being bad to me, they are shouting at me.” Angela said: “We had a terrible gut feeling.”

Diana Ottobonu outside Glasgow Sheriff Court
Diana Ottobonu outside Glasgow Sheriff Court -Credit:Tony Nicoletti / Daily Record

The couple bought a camera hidden in a digital clock, which they placed in Jean’s room. Angela watched in horror as the events unfolded, with the pair pulling Jean’s bed into the middle of the floor so she was unable to reach her buzzer. Then she looked on as her pleas to use the toilet were ignored.

Angela said: “Jean was screaming ‘Please God help me, someone please help me’.” The effects of what happened have been long lasting. Angela added: “You can hear it in her voice, see it in her face, she is terrified. She thinks they are coming to get her.”

Passing sentence on Akindein and Otobohu, Sheriff Joanna McDonald told them they’d never work in the sector again. A spokesman for Eastbank Care Home, owned by HC-One said: “We are clear this should never have happened, and again extend our sincere apologies to Ms Lochrane and her family.”

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