Jailed: Tottenham carer filmed abusing pensioner in Kentish Town care home

07:00 21 April 2012

Care worker Jonathan Aquino arriving at Blackfriars Crown Court. Picture: Kevin Dunnett/Central News

Care worker Jonathan Aquino arriving at Blackfriars Crown Court. Picture: Kevin Dunnett/Central News

Central News

A Tottenham man secretly filmed slapping an elderly Alzheimer’s sufferer he was supposed to be caring for has been jailed for 18 months.

Jonathan Aquino, of Springfield Road, was caught on camera abusing 80-year-old Maria Worroll after her daughter Jane began to suspect her mother was being mistreated at her care home.

The harrowing images - captured just five days after the camera was secretly installed - show Aquino suddenly strike the retired school canteen manager in the face, slap her arms repeatedly then hit her four times in the abdomen.

The Filipino national, a registered nurse who has an 18-month-old daughter, burst into tears and apologised as soon as he was told of the film, but refused to answer detectives’ questions when interviewed.

Aquino later admitted common assault and ill treatment of a vulnerable person at Blackfriars Crown Court.

Sentencing, Judge Henry Blacksell told 30-year-old Aquino he was guilty of a “dreadful breach of trust” - adding the footage was distressing for anyone to watch.

“This poor woman had been transferred to this institution in the hope that she should receive proper care and attention,” he said.

“Quite rightly, society in general is extremely concerned about the treatment of the elderly and vulnerable in institutions such as this.

“They should be able to expect better, and I am afraid those who are caught misusing their responsibility should be held to account.”

Brinder Soora, prosecuting, said during the trial it was “clearly evident” that the home’s own rules were frequently breached by its care staff - including ones which stated two care workers must be present when a resident is put to bed, and bathing and cleaning should be carried out by a female care worker.

But a spokesman for Ash Court, in Kentish Town, said this was an “isolated incident”, adding they were pleased justice had been done.

“Although this was an isolated incident, it is a sad reminder than an individual is able to commit a criminal act even in the most professionally-run and highly regulated environment,” she said. “The staff team at Ash Court have provided many years of excellent care and were shocked by this truly unacceptable behaviour.”

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Crime news

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Police would like to speak to this man (Picture: Met Police)

A predator sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl in broad daylight as she waited for a bus on Brixton Road, police said.

Monday, July 27, 2015
Police would like to speak to this man (Picture: British Transport Police)

A 63-year-old was left with a bleeding nose and spit on his face after an argument with a man he bumped into on a Baker Street Tube station escalator, British Transport Police (BTP) said.

Monday, July 27, 2015
The innocent man was attacked by a gang of men on Tower Bridge

This shocking video shows a gang of around 12 hooded thugs attacking an innocent man on Tower Bridge in an unprovoked ‘vicious’ assault.

Monday, July 27, 2015
Police believe this man can help with their enquiries (Picture: Met Police)

The hunt is on for a pervert who sexually assaulted a woman on a Hackney bus as it drove near Shoreditch Town Hall.

Monday, July 27, 2015
A huge fight broke out at Woolwich Tesco Extra in south-east London (Picture: Google Street View)

This shocking video shows a late night mass brawl between shoppers at Woolwich Tesco over the weekend.

Monday, July 27, 2015
The driver's shocking injuries (Photo: Metropolitan Police)

A black cab driver was left unconscious and covered in blood after he asked his passengers to pay a standard clean-up fee for being sick in his taxi.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Take in the stunning sites of London from the summit of the O2!

Up at The O2 has teamed up with London24 to give one lucky reader the chance to experience urban mountaineering this summer with an exhilarating 90-minute climb across the roof of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Read more
Terrific tea, creamy cakes and splendid sandwiches at Mews of Mayfair.

Celebrate a truly quintessentially British tradition with the chance of winning a luxurious Afternoon Tea for two people at Mews of Mayfair, complete with a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne.

Read more
Get up close and personal to this global phenomenon!

Following a sell-out 2014 run, the global phenomenon that is Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games is back in London, running at the Dominion Theatre in the heart of the West End until 5th September 2015.

Read more