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SA nursing home assault: Michael Mullen jailed

The Advertiser 2019-04-15 08:36:00

An Adelaide aged care worker who bashed an elderly resident at a nursing home has been jailed for a year.

Michael Mullen, 52, was found guilty of the aggravated assault of 72-year-old Elizabeth Hannaford in November 2015.

The attack took place while Mullen was working a night shift at Southern Cross Care’s Lourdes Valley nursing home at Myrtle Bank.

In victim impact statements read to the court before the sentencing, Ms Hannaford’s daughter, Joanna Warde, said her mother deteriorated after the assault.

“Mum would never hurt anybody and definitely did not deserve the pain she went through due to your actions,” she said.

“She was helpless and she was fragile. You were supposed to care for her; you did the opposite.” Magistrate Paul Foley on Monday sentenced Mullen to 12 months behind bars with a non-parole period of nine months.

Heath Barklay SC, for Mullen, immediately asked that his client be released on bail because he has appealed the verdict.

Mr Foley ordered a home detention report and remanded Mullen in custody to reappear before the court on Thursday.

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