Two care workers in training have been jailed for playing a series of cruel pranks on elderly dementia sufferers.
Student nurses Abana Arshad and Amy Greenhalgh, both 24, threw gravel and stones at victims as they begged them to stop, laughing and filming them on their mobile phones.
The abuse occurred during a single shift the cruel pair worked on July 15, last year at a specialist EMI unit at the Laburnum Court care home in Salford, Greater Manchester.
Either Arshad or Greenhalgh threw a pair of rolled up gloves at a resident called Cindy, they admitted later, prompting a verbal altercation between her and a male resident who she thought had thrown the gloves.
The same male resident, Jack, was later heard shouting in pain from the garden. Arshad and Greenhalgh were seen laughing and filming as another carer tried to bring him inside.
A colleague said during the same shift, they saw Arshad picking up stones from outside and putting them in her pocket.
When the carer returned indoors they heard a "distressed" resident shouting "Stop it, why are you doing that?" and went into her room to check up on her.
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''Abana and Amy were both there in the doorway of her room," they told a hearing.
"I went into the lady's room and there was some stones on the floor under her chair and in her lap. I spoke to her but she wasn't able to tell me what had happened so, I just reassured her. Then I could hear the resident next door shouting ''Stop doing that. Don't throw them at me, don't throw them at me.
''I went into her room and there were stones on the floor. I asked Abana and Amy what they where doing but they were just laughing and didn't give me proper reasons."
It's believed they targeted up to seven residents over the course of the shift, all of whom had dementia or Alzheimer's.
When the pair realised they had been found out, they tried to blame one of the residents.
When Greenhalgh messaged Arshad on Facebook telling her they'd been reported for throwing stones, Arshad responded: ''Are you for real? You can't trust anyone in work I swear. Haha. Just say Jack threw something at Cindy. Delete it all off your phone to be on the safe side.''
''Did we get all the stones off the floor in the rooms?'' Greenhalgh asked, to which Arshad replied: ''Don't think anybody will clock that. I'll back you.''
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Craig Gardner, whose father Jack was one of the pair's victims, said he was horrified to find out his dad had been victimised by people entrusted to his care.
"He has been truly let down and whilst the nature of his illness likely means he will forget, we will not."
Greenhalgh's defence lawyer said his client had been bullied and abused in the past and was just trying to fit in at her new workplace, while Arshad's defence said she had led an "exemplary life".
In Manchester Magistrates' Court on Wednesday the pair were each jailed for 20 weeks after being convicted of ill-treatment of a person without mental capacity.
''The victims deserve more from two young people who should have been caring for them," Sentencing District Judge James Hatton said.
''They mocked and bullied people who were unable to protect and defend themselves and they never demonstrated any genuine remorse for their behaviour.''
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