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Protect elderly ‘from abuse’

MARIA BRADSHAW, [email protected]

Protect elderly ‘from abuse’

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Barbara Daniel-Goddard wants to see legislation enacted specifically for elderly abuse and she believes the minimum sentence for such a heinous crime should be five years.

The 60-year-old woman is making an urgent call for the implementation of such legislation, after auxiliary nurse Ariel King, 38, was sentenced to 200 hours community service for assaulting Daniel-Goddard’s elderly mother, Jasmin Hall, last year.

The abuse was recorded on video which went viral, leaving Barbadians shocked and angry that such could take place in a nursing home.

On the video, King was seen beating 84-year-old Hall with a shoe and kicking her occasionally, while firing insults at her. The frail elderly woman was dragging herself on the floor, attempting to get away as she cried out, “Don’t hit me, don’t hit me!” At one point she even prayed “Oh my God; have mercy, Lord Jesus”, as King hit her in the head with a book. (MB)

Please read the full story in today’s Sunday Sun, or in the eNATION edition.