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Care home worker hit OAP and sprayed him with deodorant while helpless in bed

A care home worker slapped and sprayed a 79-year-old resident with deodorant as he lay helplessly in bed.

Footage of David Vrbovsky's brutal assault was described as too graphic to be shown in court.

The 37-year-old abused the defenceless man – who is in advanced stages of dementia – as he cleaned and dressed him for the day, LeicestershireLive reports.

He was filmed on covert CCTV cameras installed to ensure families and workers stuck to Covid rules at Hallaton Manor in Hallaton, Leicestershire.

Vrbovsky, of Market Harborough, admitted assaulting the man on February 18 and told Leicester Magistrates' Court: "I am guilty so I believe I have to be punished."

Prosecutor Sally Bedford said: "The care home had installed covert surveillance cameras in some of the rooms – with the consent of residents and their families – to check compliance with the Covid regulations.

"This incident is entirely captured on CCTV. I don't invite the court to view it It is very difficult viewing.

"It is about 6am when the defendant enters the victim's room and clearly he did not know the camera was there."

The resident's care plan required two members of staff to be present at this point, Ms Bedford said, adding: "However, the defendant is on his own."

The CCTV shows him "aggressively" cleaning the gentleman before helping him dress.

She said: "The victim is audibly moaning and is resisting the defendant's attempts.

"The defendant reaches out his hand and places it on the man's mouth and forces his head down into the pillow.

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"The aggressive and uncaring attitude is apparent throughout the video – at one point he sprays deodorant on the man randomly, as you would spray a fly.

"You can see the victim wince and cry out.

"Halfway through, another care worker enters the room and an argument about who is carrying out which tasks appears to ensue.

"That person then leaves the room and the defendant begins to dress the victim.

"He puts him into a cradle position you can hear a thud, which is clearly the victim's head hitting the wall.

"He cries out in pain and the defendant swipes out with his hand as best he can the victim reaches out his hand in a defensive manner and the defendant hits him again.

"He rolls him toward the wall and, again, the victim's head hits it and he cries out in pain before the defendant leaves the room."

Vrbovsky was suspended immediately after the footage came to light.

"He later explained he had been working long hours and, faced with the CCTV footage, he said he was ashamed of his behaviour", Ms Bedford said.

The case was adjourned to allow a probation officer time to prepare a report on the defendant, who has no previous convictions.

He was released on bail, with conditions that he does not attempt to visit Hallaton Manor or any other care home in the UK.

He is due for sentencing at the court on April 16.

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