10:55AM, Thursday 13 March 2014
The trial of a carer from Wexham accused of neglect at a Maidenhead care home was abandoned before it began.
Aneesa Mirza, 25, of Edmunds Way, Wexham, appeared for trial at Reading Crown Court on Monday but was discharged after the prosecution offered no evidence.
The alleged act of neglect took place at Larchfield Care Home, in Larchfield Road, Maidenhead, on January 25 and was passed on to the police by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
But Judge Stephen John discharged Mirza after a 'key piece of evidence' in the prosecution case, believed to be a diary extract, was not provided by the care home until the 'eleventh hour' and backed up the case of the defence.
He said it was 'regrettable' that the evidence had not been located before the day the trial was due to begin and expressed sympathy towards the alleged victim of the neglect charge.
A spokesman from the CQC said: "When CQC received footage in this case it immediately referred this to the safeguarding team at the local authority and to the police.
"CQC has carried out a number of inspections at Larchfield in the last two years, and continue to monitor the home closely."
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