Caring Homes fined after death of elderly resident

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

An 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.

Caring Homes Healthcare Group Limited of The Colchester Business Park, Essex, pleaded guilty and was fined £450,000 and ordered to pay costs of £14,762.44.