Crown seeks jail time for support worker’s assault on elderly patient

Elizabeth Payne, The Ottawa Citizen

Speaking through a translator, former personal support worker Jie Xiao stood in an Ottawa courtroom on Thursday in front of the children and grandchildren of the elderly man he assaulted to tell them he was “deeply sorry” for what he had done. Raghida Karam, whose elderly father Georges Karam was being cared for by Xiao at the Garry J. Armstrong long-term care home when he was struck in the face 11 times last March, quietly said, “Thank you.” The brief exchange took place during a sentencing hearing for Xiao, in which court heard of the pain and shock experienced by the family when they saw the video of the assault against 89-year-old Karam, who has Parkinson’s disease and suffers from dementia. “I would have never imagined on August 27, 2015, when my brother Fouad, my sister Raghida, and I moved our dad to long-term care due to his severe dementia after a long stay in hospital, that I would be standing today in this courtroom giving a victim impact statement to relay the hurt and shock that has been suffered by my dad’s family and friends here and overseas in Lebanon, as a result of the ruthless and senseless acto of Mr. Xiao,” said Antoine Karam, the victim’s son.”

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