Former nursing home owner and manager guilty of neglect

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A former nursing home owner faces jail after being found guilty of the neglect of vulnerable residents.

Philip Bentley, 65, of Woodthorpe Drive, Sandal, was found guilty at Bradford Crown Court today along with Faheza Simpson for neglect at Elm View nursing home in Halifax.

Simpson, 49, of Holmfirth, who was manager of the nursing home, was convicted on four neglect charges relating to one male resident and three women.

Bentley, who bought Elm View in November 1990, was found guilty on the three allegations relating to the women.

The jury returned unanimous guilty verdicts at the end of a complex trial lasting about seven weeks.

The court heard that all the victims suffered from pressure sores while at the home and the premises were visited in October 2011 by police officers and a team of NHS nurses.

Judge Jonathan Rose adjourned the case for a sentence hearing on Monday because Bentley’s barrister was unwell today.

Judge Rose said: “The fact that I am adjourning sentence and the fact that I am granting you bail is no indication of the eventual outcome.

“All options are open and those options include immediate imprisonment.”

The court heard that the neglect charges carried a maximum prison term of five years.