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Reporting of court cases - please help

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Salouport Tue 28-Jul-15 21:47:43

Hi. I have lurked on here for a long time, but this is my first post so please be gentle with me smile.
This is rather a long, sad story - my family are at their wits end and we need help.
In the spring of 2013 we realised that my nan, who was living in warden assisted accommodation, suffering from Alzheimer's, was being stolen from. We had noticed that money was going missing for a long time prior to this, but we attributed this to her condition. However, money was only going missing on certain days of the week. After much investigation, we realised that the NHS nurse who was visiting nan to administer insulin was the culprit.
The police were informed and we were told to make a log, which we duly did. After several more thefts, we decided to install CCTV to catch her in the act. Sure enough, thefts were recorded. When the police saw these images they installed their own cameras and more thefts were recorded. (None of the recordings are 100% clear, but it's VERY obvious what's happening)
An arrest was made and she confessed straight away and made a sworn statement.
Shortly after this, my nan passed away.
The nurse then retracted her statement. The reason she gave was that as she was pregnant at the time of arrest, she was placed under great stress and confessed to a crime she didn't commit. Her lawyers argued that she should have been offered a responsible adult to accompany her at the police station.
The nurse was suspended on full pay whilst waiting for the case to get to court, which was almost two years. The big day finally arrived last week.
We were devastated that the judge ordered the jury to find her not guilty on all the counts of theft. This was due to an error the arresting officer made at the point of arrest. She asked the nurse to explain the CCTV images which had been taken at my nans home, which should not have been asked until legal representation had been offered. For this reason her confession was not submissible. She is innocent in the eyes of the law, and in theory can carry on as a nurse, which we are struggling to deal with.
Various newspapers were VERY interested in the case and really wanted to publish the story, especially after the CCTV footage was seen, but I think they are prevented from doing so for complicated legal reasons.

We just find it so hard to deal with that the nurse was able to do this to my vulnerable nan. We don't know where to turn. Can anyone help? X

GraysAnalogy Tue 28-Jul-15 21:51:58

Report her to the Nursing and Midwifery Council and tell them exactly what happened, including what happened with the case

The NMC is independant, and will look into what's happened and decide whether or not to she is fit to practice. If found not, she will no longer be able to practice as a nurse.

www.nmc.org.uk/concerns-nurses-midwives/concerns-complaints-referrals/referral-forms/

I'm so sorry you had to go through all that sad

Salouport Tue 28-Jul-15 23:12:55

Thank you! We will do that for certain. I think she has to face an internal enquiry within the NHS - which may or may not result in her being struck off.

We just feel so helpless that we have been utterly let down by the justice system. We are not a malicious family, but I will admit, when the newspapers were constantly contacting us about the story, we felt that a different type of justice was being served as she would no longer be anonymous. Now it looks unlikely, we are just struggling to comprehend how she has got away with this despite pretty comprehensive evidence against her

GraysAnalogy Tue 28-Jul-15 23:47:17

I can't quite believe the mess they've made of it. It's not fair at all sad

But please do contact the NMC. Tell them absolutely everything. The NMC will take it very seriously, regardless of the outcome of the farcical court case. Especially when they know it was an error that led to non conviction not her innocence.

Good luck to you. I hope you get the results you want, and I hope I never have to work alongside such a callous nurse.

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