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Accused 'beat patient' aged 100.

A CARE worker is to go on trial over allegedly beating a 100-year-old man at a nursing home in Hudders-field.

Moreno Villegas, 44, will appear before Kirklees Magistrates Court on July 1 in connection with an alleged attack on Dr Kevin Flaherty at the Cleveland House Nursing Home in Edgerton on January 17.

Prosecuting lawyer Ben Crossland told the court that Dr Flaherty had accused Villegas of man handling and slapping him in the face whilst he was taking him to the toilet in the middle of the night.

He then made a complaint to the home's manager, who challenged Villegas, of Leymoor Road, Golcar, about his actions before alerting police.

Mr Crossland said that Dr Flaherty had been diagnosed with Charles Bonnet syndrome, a condition that causes visual hallucinations, but that he did not have a severe case and that it did not extend to physical sensations.

Villegas, used an interpreter during the hearing, no longer works for the home but denied that he had acted violently towards Dr Flaherty and has pleaded not guilty.

District judge Michael Fanning released him on conditional bail.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Apr 5, 2014
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