Cruel carer is jailed for 12 months for manhandling patient

Abusive carer who treated 91-year-old great grandmother ‘like a piece of meat’ and was caught by the victim’s family when they installed a hidden camera is jailed for a year

  • Mary Agar, 91, was mistreated while a resident at St Mark’s care home, Sale
  • Her family fitted a secret camera after fearing Mrs Agar was being mistreated
  • Tabetha Mutyambizi, 47, was jailed for 12 months for mistreating Ms Agar  
  • Mutyambizi had 11 prior convictions over 20 years for deception and shoplifting 

Tabetha Mutyambizi, 47, from Higher Broughton, Greater Manchester was jailed for 12 months for abusing former NHS midwife Mary Agar at St Mark’s care home in Sale

A family has blasted a cruel carer who treated a 91-year old retired NHS midwife ‘like a piece of meat’ as she fed and cleaned her at a nursing home.  

Tabetha Mutyambizi, 47, mistreated 91-year-old former NHS midwife Mary Agar at St Mark’s care home in Sale, Greater Manchester. 

Mrs Agar, who suffers from dementia, was manhandled as she was being fed yoghurt and dragged off her bed when she soiled it whilst being being looked after by mother of four Mutyambizi.

The experienced care worker from Higher Broughton, Salford, Greater Manchester, was only arrested after the victim’s family who been concerned about Mrs Agar getting cuts and bruises installed a covert camera in her room at St Mark’s care home in Sale – and filmed her being abused.

At Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester, Mrs Agar’s son-in-law David Lowe read out an emotional statement describing how his mother in law had previously helped support people with severe mental health issues following her retirement.

Mutyambizi was jailed for 12 months following her trial.  

As Mutyambizi sat listening in the dock, Mr Lowe said: ‘Mum is a lady of immense compassion, a compassionate giving lady who enjoyed helping others and who understood that indeed it is a privilege to do so.

‘She was deteriorating under the care at St Mark’s and this prompted us to place the camera in her room and we cannot describe our utter horror when we saw you, Tabetha, ill-treating our mum in such a callous way.

‘We have had sleepless nights, Tabetha, thinking about our mum and your cruel ill-treatment of her, and your complete disregard for her as a human being with feelings. We have questioned ourselves many times if our mum was scared? Surely, she must have been in pain? Hopefully she has forgotten now as her dementia worsens.

Mary Agar, pictured with her son-in-law David Lowe, left, was placed in St Mark’s care home because of her worsening dementia. Her family became suspicious about the quality of the care an fitted a hidden camera in her room

Mrs Agar, who worked as an NHS midwife was abused by the care worker

‘But our trust in the care system has been rocked by your actions. We never imagined that anyone could inflict such cruelty on a vulnerable lady, who by your own admission was gentle and kind. Your actions have impacted on every single one of our family. They were distraught to see their beloved mum and nana treated like this.

‘We haven’t shown our grandchildren the tape as we wouldn’t want them to have those images of their nana being hit and pulled out of bed like a piece of meat as a lasting memory of her.

‘Tabetha, the role of health care assistant was a privilege you abused. What’s astonishing is that you have done this job for twenty years and should understand at least the basic principles of such a position.

‘A good knowledge of basic health and hygiene standards, excellent communication skills, the ability to deal with aggressive or anxious clients with a responsible and flexible attitude to the job. Not only did you fail on all counts, you went the extra mile and inflicted pain and suffering to a wonderful human being – our mum, nana, great nana and wonderful friend to many.


Tabetha Mutyambizi, pictured, had been employed by an agency for six months to work at the care home. Minshull Street Crown Court heard Mrs Agar moved into the home in 2015

‘When asked by the prosecution “was your behaviour inexcusable?” Your reply was “I don’t know?” Deep down you know the true answer and never, ever, will you be allowed to work with vulnerable members of our society again.’

The incidents occurred in January last year whilst Mutyambizi was employed at the home for up to six months via an agency. Mrs Agar had moved there in 2015 due to her increasing frailty, diabetes, dementia and problems with her mobility.

Prosecuting, Nicola Carroll said: ‘Mrs Agar hasn’t always been defined by her age and her health. In fact she was a midwife, providing care to women in pregnancy and childbirth for many years. And she is a mother and a grandmother.

‘Mrs Agar’s daughter and son-in-law felt initially that St Mark’s was the ideal place for her to reside but had some concerns over the standard of care and so installed a covert camera in Mary’s bedroom. The defendant was working a night shift and footage showed the defendant sitting by Mary’s bed attempting to feed her some yoghurt whilst Mary is laying down in bed.

‘This is after the time she should have had a sedative to help her sleep. The defendant can be seen on the footage to push Mary’s face several times and to try to get the yoghurt into Mary’s mouth. Mary can be seen at one stage to put her hand up in protest to being fed.

‘The defendant could have communicated with Mary to ask her to sit up, which she was clearly able to do. But around 4 hours later, the defendant re-entered Mary’s bedroom and it was necessary for her and her bedding to be changed.

‘The defendant is seen to forcibly grab Mary by the wrists and pull her up off the bed and onto her feet. She used far too much force, and the wrong method to get Mary to her feet. Mary’s care plan identifies that she needs to be treated gently, be re-assured, and be reoriented and be spoken to about what has happened or what will happen to her.

‘Thankfully no injury was sustained.’


The hidden camera showed Mary Agar being treated roughly by Mutyambizi who denied a charge of neglect while in a position of care. She was convicted following a trial at Minshull Street Crown Court 

Mutyambizi denied a charge of neglect and ill treatment whilst in a position of care but was convicted after a trial. She had 11 previous offences in her record dating back to 1999 for deception and shoplifting.

Defence lawyer Miss Harriet Johnson, said: ‘My client fully accepts it may not have been best practice. But she has worked as a carer for years and considers her level as a high level carer. A lengthy community order could be just as onerous as a short custodial sentence and allow her to repay the community of what she has robbed.’

But sentencing Judge Tina Landale told Mutyambizi: ‘You represent every family’s worst nightmare, entrusted with the care of a beloved relative, and a lady who dedicated her life to the care of others – now in need of care herself.

‘She is living with dementia and you knew that – 20 years experience of being a carer, and caring for dementia sufferers. Although you had not read her care plan, you knew how to care for her. Buy you did not spend time preparing her for the care she needed that you were about to give.

Mrs Agar’s family advised people with relatives in care homes to install a hidden camera to spot any possibility of signs of abuse

Mrs Agar, pictured with her grand daughter April, spent her career caring for others

‘During the trial you expressed remorse only for yourself. You were asked if you would behave this way in future and you said no but only because of the difficulty this experience has caused you. Your treatment of her was a betrayal of trust. Your victim was amongst the most vulnerable in society. She was unable to communicate properly.

‘Without the family using CCTV your behaviour would not have been detected. Mary Agar’s family cannot be with her at all times. They have been left filled with worry at the care she is receiving. It would be a failure in my public duty if I suspended your sentence.’

After the vase Mrs Agar’s daughter Lorraine Lowe said: ‘We would recommend that any family concerned about relatives in care have a camera installed and use their intuition when they spot signs of abuse – unexplained injuries and so on. This sort of thing happens far too often.’

Son-in-law condemns cruel carer 

David Lowe, left, gave a victim impact statement at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester ahead of the sentencing of Tabetha Mutyambizi over her treatment of 91-year-old Mary Agar, right

David Lowe gave a victim impact statement at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester ahead of the sentencing of Tabetha Mutyambizi. 

Mr Lowe said: ‘Mum is a lady of immense compassion, a compassionate giving lady who enjoyed helping others and who understood that indeed it is a privilege to do so.

‘She was deteriorating under the care at St Marks and this prompted us to place the camera in her room and we cannot describe our utter horror when we saw you, Tabetha, ill-treating our mum in such a callous way.

‘We have had sleepless nights, Tabetha, thinking about our mum and your cruel ill-treatment of her, and your complete disregard for her as a human being with feelings. We have questioned ourselves many times if our mum was scared? Surely, she must have been in pain? Hopefully she has forgotten now as her dementia worsens.

‘But our trust in the care system has been rocked by your actions. We never imagined that anyone could inflict such cruelty on a vulnerable lady, who by your own admission was gentle and kind. Your actions have impacted on every single one of our family. They were distraught to see their beloved mum and nana treated like this.

‘We haven’t shown our grandchildren the tape as we wouldn’t want them to have those images of their nana being hit and pulled out of bed like a piece of meat as a lasting memory of her.

‘Tabetha, the role of health care assistant was a privilege you abused. What’s astonishing is that you have done this job for twenty years and should understand at least the basic principles of such a position.

‘A good knowledge of basic health and hygiene standards, excellent communication skills, the ability to deal with aggressive or anxious clients with a responsible and flexible attitude to the job. Not only did you fail on all counts, you went the extra mile and inflicted pain and suffering to a wonderful human being – our mum, nana, great nana and wonderful friend to many.

‘When asked by the prosecution “was your behaviour inexcusable?” Your reply was “I don’t know?” Deep down you know the true answer and never, ever, will you be allowed to work with vulnerable members of our society again.’

 

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