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Three caregivers arrested for abusing patients at Sha Tin care home

Three employees of a care home were arrested for common assault on Wednesday, as part of a police investigation into the abuse of patients suffering from various mental disabilities.

An employee of the Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council (NAAC) told Ming Pao on Monday that four staff at Harmony Manor in Sha Tin allegedly repeatedly stuck tape on patients’ nipples and bodies, and then ripped it off.

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Harmony Manor. File photo: Apple Daily.

The Hong Kong Joint Council of Parents of the Mentally Handicapped issued a statement on Tuesday, saying that they are shocked and angry to learn about the incidents.

“Patients with mental and learning disabilities do not know how to protect and express themselves. The impact of such insults to dignity, along with physical and mental trauma caused by bullying is far-reaching,” it read.

Pro-democracy activist Lui Yuk-lin, also known by her nickname “Lady Long Hair”, protested outside the care home on Wednesday. She attempted to break into the care home and stuck tape up at the entrance, Apple Daily reported.

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Photo: Apple Daily.

The arrested employees, who include two women and a man, were granted bail and have to report to the police in mid-February.

Harmony Manor started operating in 2009 under the supervision of the Social Welfare Department.

Three caregivers arrested for abusing patients at Sha Tin care home