Carer caught yelling at vulnerable pensioner to clean bathroom

A concerned neighbour heard yelling coming from the victim's bathroom as well as the sound of slapping.

Carer Gary Wood caught by neighbour yelling at vulnerable pensioner to clean bathroom Getty Images

A carer was caught yelling at a vulnerable pensioner to clean their bathroom.

Gary Wood, 31, shouted at the 72-year-old at his home in Glasgow’s Knightswood on June 23, 2022.

A concerned neighbour claimed he also heard slapping coming from the victim’s bathroom.

He later confronted Wood, of the city’s Yoker, who denied making the remarks to the pensioner.

Wood was found guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner.

The court heard the victim needed 24-hour care.

His neighbour David Thomson told the court that the pensioner did not speak and was childlike.

He stated that he and his wife were working in their garden on the day of the incident.

Mr Thomson said: “I heard raised voices – shouting – it seemed to be coming from the bathroom. The window was open.”

Prosecutor Ramsay Cunningham asked what he could hear after the shouting.

The witness replied: “I heard banging and knocking about – it seemed like slapping noises.”

He stated that when he heard the pensioner moaning that’s when he realised something was happening.

Mr Cunningham asked the witness what he could hear.

The neighbour said: “Clean it up, clean it f***ing up, get it f***ing cleaned up.

“[The victim] was shouting ‘No, No, No’ while in distress.”

Mr Thomson stated that he shouted up asking if the pensioner was okay and heard nothing.

He claimed that the shouting started again before asking: “What are you doing to [him]?”

Mr Thomson stated that Wood then came out to the back door wearing marigold gloves.

He said: “I asked what was happening, what are you doing to [the victim] and he said he had diarrhoea

“I said ‘Are you making him clean it up himself’ and he said that he wasn’t.

“I told him that it was out of order the way he was speaking to him.”

The witness stated that Wood then opened the door and said “Excuse me?” before going back inside.

Mr Thomson said: “I was shaking and shocked, I went and wrote it all down about what happened.”

He stated that he reported the matter to other carers.

Mr Cunningham asked what concerns he had.

The witness replied: “I thought [the pensioner] was being abused.”

Sentence was deferred pending background reports until next month by Sheriff Vincent Lunny.

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