Carers sentenced for sickening attack on disabled man

Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court
Pic Neil Hanna
Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court Pic Neil Hanna

Two carers who punched a severely disabled man in the head have been sentenced at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.

Andrew Frame (27) and William Strange (55), who worked for Richard Fellowship Scotland were handed community payback orders for attacking wheelchair-bound Matthew Millar.

Mr Millar has Cornelia de Lange syndrome - a condition which also affects his physical and mental development - and needs round the clock care.

After trial, Frame and Strange were found guilty of repeatedly punching Mr Millar on the head in Burntisland High Street on January 11.

Frame, of Dunbar Place in Kirkcaldy, was also found guilty of punching Mr Millar on the head at the A92 Redhouse Roundabout on February 14, of last year.

He was ordered to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work in the community, while Strange, of Pittsburgh Road in Halbeath, was sentenced to 150 hours of unpaid work.

A spokesman for Richmond Fellowship confirmed Frame and Strange had lost their jobs and added: “Their actions undermine the good work carried out every day by thousands of caring support staff.

A Care Inspectorate spokesman said: “These were very serious incidents and extremely distressing for the individuals affected.

“Everyone in Scotland has a right to experience safe, compassionate, good quality care which meets their needs, rights and choices. We note that on this occasion the perpetrators have been dealt with by the courts.”

He confirmed the pair had been suspended their jobs while they were being investigated.

He added: “We continue to work closely with the service to ensure care provided is of a standard which people have a right to expect. Anyone with a concern about a care service can contact us, anonymously if necessary, on 0345 6009527.”