Dementia pensioner died days after being left naked on floor for 14 hours

<p>A pensioner who suffered from dementia died days after a fall where he was left naked on the floor for 14 hours.</p>
<p>Two carers of vulnerable David Hustler who might have survived had they provided &quot;appropriate medical assistance&quot; have been found guilty of wilful neglect.</p>
<p>Kaniz Rashid and Margaret Shires found victim David Hustler lying &quot;naked&quot; and &quot;distressed&quot; on the ground after the 75-year-old activated an alarm after suffering a fall.</p>
<p>Mr Hustler, who had dementia and Alzheimer&apos;s, had been left lying naked on the floor in a &quot;distressed&quot; and &quot;confused&quot; state for 14 hours before he was seen.</p>
<p>A court previously heard Rashid, 51, Shires, 63, returned him to bed without making a record of his fall or any report to senior staff about his condition.</p>
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<p>Jurors returned a verdict of guilty of &apos;wilful neglect of an individual by a care worker&apos;.</p>
<p>Jennifer Greene, 63, was found not guilty of the same charge.</p>
<p>Rashid and Shires have been released on unconditional bail until January 31, 2020 when they will be sentenced.</p>
<p>Adressing the guilty defendants at Leeds Crown Court, Judge Edward Bindloss said: &quot;The jury have found you guilty.</p>
<p>&quot;The next stage in the case is the sentence, which will take place on January 31st.</p>
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<p>&quot;I now release you on unconditional bail. You are free to go.&quot;</p>
<p>During the trial it was heard the morning after Mr Hustler, a resident at Meadow Green Lodge, near Dewsbury, West Yorks., had been attended by Rashid and Shires, a different carer found Mr Hustler &quot;clearly unwell&quot; and he was rushed to hospital.</p>
<p>He was diagnosed with pneumonia, which he died from days later on October 28, 2015.</p>
<p>Mr Hustler was awarded the Queens Gallantry medal for bravery after he rescued fans as afire swept through Valley Parade in 1985 killing 56 people.</p>
<p>In statement, Bradford City said Mr Hustler was &quot;a well-known person among a large number of his fellow City supporters following his heroic actions during the 1985 Valley Parade fire disaster&quot;.</p>
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<p>Prosecutor Katherine Robinson said, according to the opinion of a consultant physician and geriatrician, the care given to Mr Hustler amounted to &quot;gross neglect&quot;.</p>
<p>Miss Robinson told the jury Rashid and Shires visited Mr Hustler at the end of a long shift and both agreed if they were to call an ambulance it would have taken up to four hours to arrive.</p>
<p>She said: &quot;The truth, we say, is they simply did not want to wait. They did not care enough about Mr Hustler&apos;s very obvious needs and wanted to go home.</p>
<p>&quot;If appropriate medical assistance had been sought by Rashid and Shires… his chances of survival would have improved.&quot;</p>
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