Man sentenced after neglect court case

10 Mar 2016 15:15 PM

William Hedley [View Full Size]

A man has been sentenced to 18 months in jail today (Thursday March 10) after being convicted of eight counts of neglect.

William Hedley, 64, who was a carer, was convicted after his father Edward Hedley, 91, was admitted to hospital on December 24, 2012 suffering from severe pressure sores, and subsequently died on January 12, 2013. A Home Office post mortem was carried out which found that he had died as a result of neglect.

When police were called to the house by the ambulance service that night on Christmas Eve in 2012, Mr Hedley senior was in a very poor state of health, he was emaciated and suffering from severe pressure sores and requiring urgent hospital care.  However his son was being obstructive and was not willing to allow his father to be taken to hospital. After police arrived at the house he was finally persuaded to allow his father to be taken by ambulance to hospital. He was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary and assessed and transferred to the Freeman Hospital. Due to his frail condition police were alerted and began an investigation.

Following police enquiries Hedley of Royal Crescent from Newcastle's West End, was

charged on January 23, 2014 with being a carer who ill treated/willfully neglected a person without capacity.  He has been convicted after neglecting his father between July 1, and December 25, 2012.

Hedley was found guilty of neglect following a trial earlier this year at Newcastle Crown Court on Tuesday, February 2.


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