A MENTAL health nurse and former care-home boss has strongly denied abusing patients during a period of four years.
Phillip Shone, 44, from Alton Street, Crewe, is on trial at Knutsford Crown Court, where he has pleaded not guilty to 14 counts of ill-treating elderly patients and two counts of neglect.
He is accused of assaulting patients at Audlem Country Nursing Home and Minshull CourtNursingHomebetween May 1997 and October 2001.
Yesterday the married father of two girls told the court he had used small amounts of physical force on patients in the past, but only if their physical and mental health was at risk.
The charges were put to him by defence solicitor Christopher Gaskell as the Chronicle went to press.
When asked if he ever threw milk over Elsie Viggers at Minshull Court, where she was receiving treatment for a mental disorder, he said: 'No, never.'
In the second count Shone is accused of pulling Ethel Margaret Astley from her chair and forcing her toward the bathroom at Minshull Court.
Shone said: 'I recall trying hard on many occasions to get her to take a bath. It always came down to physical pressure in the end.'
In the third count, he is alleged to have attempted to take a blood sample from Alzheimer's patient Greeba Thompson, who was in her late 80s, in a 'rough and inappropriate manner' at Audlem Country Nursing Home.
Mr Gaskell said: 'There is a suggestion that a needle went right through her arm?'
Shone replied: 'I don't recall taking the blood sample, but I cannot see how that is possible.'
Shone also denied having any recollection of throwing a book at Marian Robaszeck, 80, at Minshull Court, and willfully neglecting Tom Bagnell, 77, also at Minshull Court, after he allegedly failed to call a doctor when Mr Bagnell suffered a head injury.
He joined the Audlem home as a bank nurse in 1996 after a two-year spell at Leighton Hospital and a period at Ashworth High Security Hospital.
In 1998 he went to the Minshull Vernon home and was later appointed manager of both mental care facilities, run by private firm Keenrick Ltd.
Previously, prosecution solicitor Simon Mills made it clear to the jury that he was not suggesting Shone caused any patients to die, but his actions showed ill-treatment and neglect.
The trial continues.