Stamford care home in court over death of resident

Lincoln Crown Court
Lincoln Crown Court

The owners of a care home appeared before Lincoln Crown Court today (Monday) after being charged following the death of an 84-year-old resident. The Order of St John Care Trust is accused of failing to ensure the health or safety of Dorothy Spicer at the Whitefriars Care Home in St George’s Avenue, Stamford.

No plea was taken at today’s hearing and the case was adjourned until December 20.

The charge brought by South Kesteven District Council follows an incident in November 2009 when Mrs Spicer, from Market Deeping, was found lying outside the home in the early hours of November 26, 2009. She died two months later in Stamford Hospital.

An inquest into Mrs Spicer’s death heard she had spent eight hours outside the care home in freezing conditions before she was discovered by Whitefriars staff.

The jury at the inquest into Mrs Spicer’s death, held in February last year, returned a narrative verdict saying she died of pneumonia due to decreased mobility following a bout of hypothermia and dementia.