Caretaker raped 99-year-old woman as horrified family watched on hidden camera



The family of a 99-year-old woman watched in horror and disbelief as her caretaker raped her on a hidden camera.

Phillip Carey was caught by the victim’s family after they became increasingly concerned about changes in his behavior.

The woman, who suffered from dementia, lived in a residence and stopped allowing her family to touch her and begged them not to leave, warning that “they are going to hurt me”.

They became so suspicious of her vulnerability that they placed a hidden video recorder in her room only to see the disgusting 48-year-old Carey walk into her room and rape her.

The horrified family called the police and Carey was arrested.

He was presented with forensic evidence, as well as camera footage, and pleaded guilty to rape, sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder that prevents choice, and sexual activity in the presence of a person with a mental disorder by a carer.

Carey, who worked at the Blackpool Nursing Home, was given a life sentence and will serve at least 10 years before being eligible for release, according to Lancaster Live.

A statement released on behalf of the victim’s family read: “Our elderly relative has been through a terrible ordeal at the hands of someone we trust to care for her.

“We had noticed that her behavior had changed, she became withdrawn, wouldn’t hug or kiss us and didn’t want us to leave when we left. And on a couple of occasions she said things that worried us, suggesting that she would be punished.

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“We were worried that maybe someone was being unkind or too rude to her, so we decided to set up a hidden camera in her bedroom so we could see what was going on. We were shocked and horrified, not imagining that we would see her being abused and raped in her own room.

“We called the police and their response was brilliant. This whole episode has been very distressing for our entire family. Our lives have changed as we struggle to come to terms with what happened.

“We are truly grateful as a family for the way the police and others on the team have supported us during this ordeal.

“We would like to tell other people who have elderly loved ones in their care… Listen to what they say and be aware of behavioral changes. If you think something might be wrong with them, do something about it.

“We are grateful that Mr. Carey has received a life sentence and is not allowed to harm anyone else.”

Sophie Rozdolskyj, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the CPS North West Serious Sexual Offenses and Rape Unit, said: “Carey abused her position of trust and attacked a vulnerable woman she should have been caring for.

“I am grateful to the victim’s family who have shown great strength throughout the legal proceedings. I hope today’s sentencing brings you some comfort, knowing that Carey has been brought to justice for his actions.”

DI Chris Naidu, from Lancashire Police, said: “Carey was working in a position of trust which she abused in the most despicable way.

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“We welcome the sentence that reflects the seriousness of this crime and commend the victim and her family for their dignity and strength during the investigation and court case.”

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