Aug 30 2012 By Jack Griffith
A SENIOR carer at a nursing home in Hayes has been convicted of sedating dementia sufferers with a cocktail of drugs.
Mirela Aionoaei, 37, drugged six elderly residents at the Ashwood Care Centre, in Derwent Drive, with anti-insomnia, anti-depressant and anti-psychotic pills over a six-month period, between July and December 2010.
She denied six charges of administering a poison or noxious substance, but a jury found her guilty today (Thursday) on all counts, after a nine-day trial at Harrow Crown Court.
Aionoaei, of Pikestone Place, Hayes, will be sentenced on September 27.
Jurors were told that the medicated patients became unsteady on their feet and slurred their speech after the doses, and co-workers grew suspicious of Aionoaei after noticing that the residents only became drowsy when she was on duty.
Prosecutors said that she was observed giving victims a pill from a stash in her pocket as she handed out orange juice, and would push chairs together so she could lie down and sleep once the patients were sedated, allegations which she denied.
After the suspicions were reported to police in January 2011, hair samples were taken from nine residents - one at their post mortem - and unprescribed drugs were detected in six of them.