London - A disabled woman starved to death after her carer skipped a home visit to see her own mother instead, a court heard.
Tracy Burrows, 56, was jailed on Tuesday after a judge heard she did not even get out of her car after finding Julie Cleworth’s home in darkness.
She wrongly assumed the 43-year-old stroke victim was in hospital. Cleworth had in fact been discharged that day and put to bed at the back of the property, rather than in the living room as usual.
The mother of one, who was described as being "helpless as a baby" due to poor health, was found dead from starvation four days later. She was half undressed and half out of bed, having struggled to call for help.
Burrows denied gross negligence manslaughter at Liverpool Crown Court, saying she had checked the living room and called out to Cleworth on entering her bungalow. However, her account was contradicted by a junior colleague, who had accompanied Burrows on her rounds and insisted the carer drove past without entering the property in St Helens, Merseyside.