A CARE worker was sacked for allegedly force feeding an elderly resident.
But 24-year-old Marvin Dawson of Thirlmere Close, Knott End, was cleared by magistrates of the accusation.
Dawson, who used to work for the BUPA nursing home, Bank House, Shard Road, Hambleton, walked from Blackpool Magistrates’ Court a free man after a day-long hearing.
He had been charged by police with assaulting a 67-year old resident at the home. He denied the charge
Mr Dawson was accused of trying to force feed the dementia sufferer chocolate gateau.
Magistrates heard another member of staff had reported the alleged incident to home management.
They suspended and then dismissed Mr Dawson ahead of his court case.
His lawyer Don Green told the hearing the police’s main witness must have “completely misjudged” what she claimed to have seen.
He said Dawson was a respected member of staff with an unblemished record of caring who, in many people’s minds, had lost his job at the nursing home unfairly.