Bus driver 'leaves Alzheimer's sufferer in minibus at depot overnight'

Bus driver leaves Alzheimer's sufferer in minibus at depot overnightSWNS

A bus driver who allegedly left a disabled pensioner suffering with Alzheimer's trapped in a minibus overnight at a depot appeared in court this week.

Susan McLaughlin, 43, is accused of leaving Joan Cook in a minibus at a depot in Luton, Bedfordshire.

Ms Cook was picked up from her sheltered accommodation by a council-operated bus service, but an alarm was raised when she was not returned to her home as expected that same day.

She was found alone and confused at the depot the next morning in what was described by prosecutor Shaaeeda Paurveen as "a case of serious neglect", according to the Daily Mail.

Ms McLaughlin has been suspended from her job at Luton Borough Council, and entered no plea against charges of neglect, failing to ensure the transportation of a person with a lack of mental capacity, and a second charge of falsifying records.

The case was adjourned to 22 August.

Read more at the Daily Mail.

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