The former manager of a west Belfast care home was yesterday found guilty of false accounting.
Patrick Doak, a self-styled medium and spiritual healer from Lagmore Meadows in Dunmurry, was the registered manager of Owenvale Court Residential Home – also known as the St John’s of God Residential Home – on the Springfield Road when a series of offences were committed.
The 50-year-old denied any wrong-doing, but was found guilty by a jury of five counts of false accounting on September 15, 2006. The jury returned not guilty verdicts on a count of attempted forgery and a charge of fraud by abuse of process.
His sister Bridgene Kelly, who at the time of the offences also worked in the home as a care worker, was charged with forgery and false accounting. The 55-year old, from Linden Gardens in Belfast, was found guilty by a jury on both counts.
During a trial held at Belfast Crown Court, the jury heard that a discrepancy of £1,700 was discovered ahead of a financial inspection that was due to take place in February 2010.
The jury heard that residents’ accounts were managed by staff members, who documented on money sheets and in a ledger about what cash or cheques residents had coming into their accounts and what that money was spend on.
However, it emerged in January 2010 that there was supposed to be a balance of £1,900 of residents’ money, when in fact there was only £200 in the safe – leaving a shortfall in residents’ funds of £1,700.
The siblings are due to be sentenced in May.