Ronald Dean, 86, who died at the Lever Edge Care Home in Bolton (Picture: Cavendish)
Care home staff who staged a cover up of an 86-year-old patient’s death have been spared jail.
Manager Lynda Johnson, 64, ordered her 44-year-old deputy Deborah Scrivens and three of her colleagues to place Ronald Dean’s body back in his bed at Lever Edge Care home in Bolton.
They had panicked after finding him dead in a praying position and feared they would be investigated by police because they were meant to check on him every two hours and had failed to.
Mr Dean, who suffered from Alzheimers, was due to walk his daughter Alison Smith down the aisle on the day he died, January 8, 2016.
The truth emerged after a care assistant who witnessed the events told a relative.
Deborah Scrivens leaving court Picture: Cavendish)
Lynda Johnson leaving court (Picture: Cavendish)
In a statement Mr Dean’s daughter Alison Smith said: ‘As a family we are all feeling very angry, distraught and let down by people we entrusted to look after dad.
‘My mum and dad looked after dad’s sister, who was mentally ill for 33 years and after his passing Catherine was very upset and crying for him.
‘Sadly she passed away later and as a family we have had to deal with losing her as well as the court proceedings.
‘On my wedding anniversary which is now the anniversary of my dad’s death I purchased my dad’s burial plot and my mum bought the headstone.’
Ronald Dean, 86, (with wife Norah) (Picture: Cavendish Press)
Ronald Dean, 86, died on the day his daughter was getting married (Picture: Cavendish)
Johnson, from Radcliffe, and Scrivens, from Smithills, Bolton, admitted an offence of obstructing a coroner at Bolton Crown Court.
Johnson got a 12 month community order and must perform 120 hours unpaid work and pay £2,000 costs whilst Scrivens got a six month community order and was ordered to wear an electronic tag.
Three other staff members were cleared of perverting justice at an earlier hearing.
A post mortem carried out on Mr Dean determined he had suffered cardiac respiratory failure that ‘may not have been as a result of the care or lack of care he received’.