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Convicted Winterbourne worker apologises for care home abuse

PUBLISHED October 26, 2012

One of the care workers caught abusing vulnerable adults at Winterbourne View apologised today for his behaviour.

Jason Gardiner, 43, was one of five support workers at the scandal-hit home who escaped immediate jail sentences.

A judge at Bristol Crown Court jailed the other six and in passing sentence on the 11th he condemned their behaviour as a "gross breach of trust and power".

Gardiner, who was a prison officer in Bristol for 11 years before working in the care sector, said as he left court: "At the time it was misguided, I was trying to do the right thing and I ended up doing wrong and I would apologise for that.

"I've apologised all the way through and I've taken full responsibility for everything I have done.

"It was a very difficult place to work, a tough place to work.

"All I can do is apologise to everybody for what happened and I really never meant any harm to anybody and that is heartfelt."

Gardiner, 43, of Mellent Avenue, Bristol, had admitted two charges of ill-treating Louisa Deville and Simon Tovey.

Judge Neil Ford QC, the Recorder of Bristol, said Gardiner had pleaded guilty on the basis of "reckless ill-treatment" and handed him a four-month jail term suspended for two years. He also ordered him to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.