Window restrictor overridden – death of elderly resident

A care home company has today been fined almost half a million pounds after an elderly resident fell from her first floor window and died.

Guildford Crown Court heard that the 87-year-old was staying at the Coppice Lea Nursing home in Surrey, owned and managed by Caring Homes Healthcare Group Limited. In the early hours of 3 October 2013, the woman fell about four metres through her window.

She was reported missing at 1am and found two hours later. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fined  £450,000 and ordered to pay costs of £14,762.44.

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