Two face trial over neglect of nursing home residents

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Two people are to stand trial later this year accused of neglecting four nursing home residents.

Wakefield man Philip Bentley, 65, appeared in the dock at Bradford Crown Court alongside 49-year-old Faheza Simpson, of Holmfirth, in relation to allegations arising out of the treatment of three women and a man at the Elm View nursing home in Huddersfield Road, Halifax.

During a 25-minute hearing Bentley, who owned the nursing home, formally entered not guilty pleas to the four neglect charges which cover a period between June 2010 and October 2011.

Simpson, the former manager at the home, also denied the same four allegations of neglect or ill-treatment.

Prosecutor Nicholas Askins confirmed that the case had been fixed for a six-week trial which is due to start on November 4.

The nursing home was the subject of a police investigation in late 2011 after inspectors raised concerns about its procedures and the treatment of some residents.

Bentley, of Woodthorpe Drive, Sandal, and Simpson, of Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth, were both granted bail until their trial in November.