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Assaults nurse faces work ban.

Byline: By Louise Redvers

A nurse jailed for abusing pensioners in a care home is set to be struck off.

Roland Maughan, of Hillcrest, Monkseaton, Whitley Bay, was found guilty of six counts of common assault and another of incitement to administer a sedative.

The offences took place at Willow Court in North Shields where 38-year-old Maughan worked on the night shift.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how the former soldier tormented defenceless residents aged between 60 and 94.

The jury was told he slapped one elderly resident around the head after branding him "Bongo Billy".

Maughan used the arms of a Hulk Hogan wrestling figure to hit another resident in the face. And he frogmarched a third pensioner in an arm-lock back to bed.

He also told a carer to put a sedative into a female resident's tea because she would not go to sleep.

Next week Maughan will appear before the Nursing and Midwifery Council who will assess his future as a nurse.

Sentencing Maughan in October 2002, Judge Guy Whitburn said the State Registered Nurse had brought "disgrace" on himself and his profession.

"You cruelly abused and tormented those residents who were vulnerable," added the judge.

"Few could communicate but there undoubtedly some who registered their pain and bewilderment at what you did.

"This was abuse by you and you alone.

"It's so serious, despite your background and character, nothing less than custody is justified.

"Those that abuse the most vulnerable ( who look to them for care ( must realise prison is inevitable."

Last year Maughan's sentence of two years and four months was reduced after good behaviour to 12 months by the Appeal Court in London.

The divorced father-of-one, who was cleared of additional charges of causing grievous bodily harm and another of causing actual bodily harm, always denied the offences.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jan 8, 2005
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