A POLISH care worker is accused of a racist assault on a German stroke victim at a Birkenhead care home.
Roman Ciesielski allegedly pushed 75-year-old dementia sufferer Mario Wagener over, causing him to bang his face against his bed rail.
Liverpool Crown Court was told Ciesielski, who was working at Emmanuel Christian care home in Palm Grove, Birkenhead, said: “He’s not English, he comes from Germany – Polish people hate Germans.”
The 25-year-old, of Sycamore Road, Birkenhead, is also accused of punching 86-year-old Bill Adams in the stomach and grabbing his neck.
He denies two counts of assault and a racially aggravated beating.
Jo Shepherd, prosecuting, said: “During the course of the defendant’s shift on Saturday, April 19, he was working with Levent Kircogullari when, at about 4pm, they had cause to attend to Bill Adams.
“On entering Mr Adams’s room, Mr Kircogullari witnessed the defendant walk over to Mr Adams saying ‘I hate him, I hate the c***’, punching Mr Adams in the stomach and grabbing hold of his neck, causing him to jump and open his eyes.”
The court heard Mr Kircogullari was shocked and asked Ciesielski what he was doing.
Miss Shepherd said: “The defendant and Mr Kircogullari left Mr Adams’s room, entering Mario Wagener’s room.
“The defendant closed the curtain and walked over to the 75-year-old, pushing his shoulder and causing him to fall and bang the right side of his face on the bed rail near his eye.
“As the defendant pushed Mr Wagener, he said: ‘He’s not English, he comes from Germany – Polish people hate Germans’.”
The jury was told both patients suffered dementia, were immobile and could not speak.
They were described by the prosecution as “defenceless victims of the defendant’s violence”.
The court heard after the alleged events, Mr Kircogullari grew increasingly anxious and discussed his concerns with one of the home’s mental health nurses, Sharon Holdgate, more than a week later.
Miss Holdgate said: “Although I originally said we could talk in confidence, I convinced him it was my duty of care to report this.”
Asked if Ciesielski was involved in any other incidents, she said: “Roman had been at the home just under 12 months. At one point, a female resident was taken in a chair to the hairdresser, and the hairdresser reported the lady had marks on her face.”
Quentin Neal, defending, said it was Mr Kircogullari who suggested to Ciesielski that Poles did not like Germans.
He added: “What Mr Ciesielski said about Germans was he liked them and liked Berlin, but he did not like Nazis. I suggest what you said to Sharon was a lie to protect yourself and your job.”
Mr Kircogullari denied this, saying as he was born in Cyprus, he knew very little about the relationship between Poland and Germany. He said that he would not lie to protect his job because he left it voluntarily soon after.