High Court judges have dismissed a legal challenge by a carer who originally pleaded guilty to ill-treating a pensioner.
Patricia Young was seeking to judicially review a decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions to consent to fresh proceedings being brought against her.
The original case against the 54-year-old was regarded as invalid because of an alleged oversight by the prosecution service.
Ms Young, of Mandeville Avenue, Lisburn, was charged with the ill-treatment of Ivy McCluskey while she was in her care.
Although Ms Young originally pleaded guilty, the first case against her was dropped as she was due to be sentenced.
At the time her lawyers raised a legal issue about the validity of the proceedings.