Omagh care home: Elderly man tied to chair in “torture” ordeal

Marie-Louise Connolly, BBC News

The family of an 86-year-old man who was tied to a chair in a care home have described his ordeal as “torture”. Seamus Gormley became a resident of Drumragh Care Home, Omagh, in 2014 following health complications. In November, a care assistant who was employed at the care home was found guilty of assault. The home has since closed. The former owners of the care home said they co-operated fully with the investigation. In July 2015, Mr. Gormley, who has dementia, was tied to a chair with a belt by the care assistant. His family were informed three days after the incident. They found their father’s arms covered in bruises. Speaking with the BBC, his daughter Eilish McCullagh said her father, who had been a keen joiner and enjoyed 61 years of marriage, became nervous and withdrawn after the incident.

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