Carer ‘hit 89-year-old resident over head with tray’ at Southern Cross care home

Robert Myloff denies attacking two elderly residents at the Ballumbie Court Care Home in Dundee.

A carer is to stand trial over allegations that he assaulted two elderly residents at a Southern Cross care home.

Robert Myloff is charged with hitting 89-year-old Mary Percy over the head with a tray, some time between August 17 and September 17 last year, at the Ballumbie Court Care Home in Dundee.

Myloff denies carrying out the attack, which was aggravated by prejudice relating to disability.

The 42-year-old is also accused of repeatedly pushing 84-year-old Nora McDonald on September 17 last year, causing her to fall to the ground to her injury.

He is also charged with shouting and swearing at residents Joe McLeod, 69, and Rita Dowie, 89, placing employees Donna Foley and Wilma Hall in a state of fear and alarm.

Myloff, of Huntly Road, Dundee, denies the three charges against him.

Sheriff Grant Hutchison ordered Myloff to stand trial in September.

Southern Cross, which runs Ballumbie Court and three other homes in the city, announced last week that it is to lay-off 3000 staff, 400 of whom are based in Scotland.

Previously, Ballumbie Court received a damning report from the Care Commission when inspectors found that an elderly resident had been found by staff lying outside the centre in the snow.