Date
23 May 2017
Two disabled residents of Harmony Manor in Sha Tin were allegedly abused by four care workers. An investigation is under way. Photo: Google Map
Two disabled residents of Harmony Manor in Sha Tin were allegedly abused by four care workers. An investigation is under way. Photo: Google Map

Staff taped up, sexually abused disabled, says care home worker

Four workers at a non-profit operator of facilities for children, the elderly and the disabled have been suspended for alleged abuse.

Neighborhood Advice-Action Council (NAAC) said the four are long-serving staff, not social workers, as earlier thought, Apple Daily reports.

The alleged abuse has been reported to the police.

NAAC Sha Tin district supervisor Marian Ngai said investigations are continuing and the findings will be released to the victims’ families.

The incident came to light after an employee of Harmony Manor, an NAAC home for severely mentally and physically disabled people in Sha Tin, said four of his co-workers had mistreated two residents.

The employee said he saw the workers put gummed paper tape all over one victim as punishment for not sleeping.

They taped the chest of the other and sexually harassed him as he sat helplessly on a bed, he said.

He said social workers on duty did nothing to stop the culprits.

It was not the first time a resident had been abused, the employee said.

In previous incidents, Ngai talked to the employees involved but did not inform the victims’ families, he said.

Last night, Ngai said the victims and their families had undergone counselling.

Also, workers have been warned to strictly abide by NAAC regulations, she said.

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