Northern Ireland care home worker faces patient ill-treatment trial
An Antrim woman charged with the ill-treatment of three mental health patients in a residential care home will go on trial in the new year, a judge has ordered.
A prosecuting lawyer told Antrim Magistrates Court that as there are four civilian witnesses as well as police officers to testify, the contest of Tracey Balantine (29) "could take some considerable time".
Balantine is charged with six counts of "wilfully neglecting" three patients, a man and two women, at the Broadacres Residential Unit in Templepatrick on dates unknown between December 31 last year and April 1.
The charges allege Balantine ill-treated or wilfully neglected the patients "who were for the time being subject to your guardianship under The Mental Health (NI) Order 1986 or were otherwise in your custody or care".
Balantine, from the Garden Village in the town, is also accused of common assault of the male complainant. District Judge Oonagh Mullan scheduled the contest for January 23.