Belfast Telegraph

Derry care worker is cleared of 'ill-treatment'

By Nevin Farrell

A woman who denied allegations of "ill-treating" four patients receiving treatment for mental illness at a former care home has had the charges she faced withdrawn without prejudice.

Freda Boyd (53) of Drumeen Drive in Garvagh, Co Londonderry had faced four charges from March 2014.

Ms Boyd had been charged with, while being an "officer on the staff of, or otherwise employed" in Garvagh Care Home, ill-treating two men and two women who were receiving treatment for mental illness as in-patients.

Ms Boyd had previously entered not guilty pleas to all the charges.

Last year, defence solicitor Garrett Greene said he was applying to prosecutors to review the decision to bring charges.

At Coleraine Magistrates Court yesterday, a prosecution lawyer said all the charges were being "withdrawn without prejudice".

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