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Eleven former Winterbourne View staff were sentenced this morning after admitting to 38 charges of ill-treating patients with learning disabilities at the now-closed hospital.
Wayne Rogers was sentenced at Bristol Crown Court to two years in prison. He had previously pleaded guilty to and been convicted of nine counts of ill-treatment of patients under the Mental Health Act 1983.
Alison Dove and Graham Doyle received 20-month jail terms, after each admitting to seven counts of ill-treatment.
The other sentences were:
- Holly Draper: jailed for 12 months
- Sookalingum Appoo: jailed for six months
- Kelvin Fore: jailed for six months
- Neil Ferguson: six-month jail term suspended for two years, 200 hours of unpaid work
- Michael Ezenagu: six-month jail term suspended for two years, 200 hours of unpaid work
- Jason Gardiner: four-month jail term suspended for two years, 200 hours of unpaid work
- Danny Brake: four-month jail term suspended for two years, 200 hours of unpaid work
- Charlotte Cotterell: four-month jail term suspended for two years,, 150 hours of unpaid work and 12 months’ supervision
All 11 will be placed on the Independent Safeguarding Authority’s list of people barred from working with vulnerable adults, the judge said.
The two nurses and nine support workers pleaded guilty to and were convicted of the charges against them on 6 August.
Handing down the sentences, the judge described a “culture of cruelty” at the hospital.
Photo: (top row, left to right) Alison Dove, Charlotte Cotterell, Danny Brake, Graham Doyle; (middle row, left to right) Holly Draper, Jason Gardiner, Kelvin Fore, Michael Ezenagu; (bottom row, left to right) Neil Ferguson, Sookalingun Appoo and Wayne Rogers
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