Shocking video from a hidden camera captured three Calgary careworkers brutally assaulting an elderly resident less than a month before he died, court heard Thursday.
Crown prosecutor Susan Kennedy told provincial court Judge John Bascom the footage was taken after Ulrich Wissner, 92, complained to his family he was being mistreated at a Care West facility.
As she did so, she dipped a fork into a cup and flicked water at Wissner five times before holding the cup over his head and threatened to pour it on him.
“When family members enquired with Wissner he advised them that staff were hurting him,” she said.
“I was probably the most shocked when I pulled that video card out of that camera,” he said, adding both Care West, which fired the trio, and police acted swiftly.
Because of his father’s concerns, Peter Wissner installed a motion activated camera in his dad’s room on Feb. Four days later it captured Maria Dumo, Angelina Borja and May Casimero assaulting the elderly resident, Kennedy said.
All three pleaded guilty to assault in connection with the Feb. Dumo was seen at two separate times that day menacing the elderly Wissner, who was bedridden, very physically frail and suffered “contractors” that seized up his muscles into rigid positions. Dumo entered Wissner’s room to pick up his dinner tray.
“Wissner’s complaints to his family members increased over time.“By January, 2014, Wissner pleaded with his sons not to leave him on his own,” Kennedy said.