Two Nigerian women, Sylvia and Veronica, have been charged to court for abandoning a 58-year old autistic woman in their care, while they went shopping for two and a half hours.
Sylvia and Veronica had locked Claire in a car alone until she was found by police, who had to smash the window of the car to save her.
KentOnline reported that Claire is so vulnerable that she needs to be supervised 24 hours a day to eat because she may choke on her food.
Sylvia and Veronica returned two-and-a-half hours later and they were arrested by the police for neglect.
A police said “Claire was left on her own with a coat on in the middle of summer with water and crisps left for her, which she could not open. They [the carers] spent two-and-a-half hours shopping and an estate agent had seen them arrive at 1.25pm and the police were called out to the car at 3pm, she had been in the car for an hour-and-a-half at that point.”
Even though Veronica and Sylvia pleaded guilty to the crime, the judge said, their case had to be sent to a higher court.
“This is an extremely serious case and you showed a total disregard for a person’s life.There is no excuse, it was callous and selfish behaviour on a very vulnerable person,” the judge said.