Care worker cleared of assaulting patients

Sam Rigby
Sam Rigby

A CARE home worker accused of physically abusing seven elderly patients was last week cleared of four of the charges.

A Liverpool Crown Court jury unanimously found Sam Rigby not guilty of neglecting two women and two men, one of them on the directions of Judge David Boulton.

They were then given a majority direction but, shortly afterwards, returned to say they could not agree on the remaining charges.

The jury were out for a total of six and a half hours before being discharged from considering the allegations further last Friday (April 8).

Rigby, 25, formerly of Rainford, was further bailed until May 3 to enable the prosecution to decide whether to have a re-trial on the remaining charges, which involve neglecting two men and a woman.

It is claimed they were physically abused by Rigby between January and July last year while he was working as a nursing home assistant at Alexandra Grange Nursing Home in Wigan.

Rigby, of Dovedale Crescent, Ashton-in-Makerfield, denied all the allegations and described the claims by colleagues as “lies.”