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Carer jailed following death of woman, Ealing

News   •   Nov 18, 2019 16:24 GMT

[JAILED: Sibusisiwe Msipha]

A carer has been sentenced following the death of an elderly woman.

Sibusisiwe Msipha, 38 (12.08.81) of no fixed abode was sentenced on Monday, 18 November to a total of 33 months’ imprisonment at the Old Bailey.

She was sentenced having previously pleaded guilty to wilful neglect thereby causing the death of Mrs Hind Al-Charabi (27 months’ imprisonment) and fraud (six months’ imprisonment to run consecutively).

Mrs Al-Charabi’s son, Khaldoun Zeitouni, said: “My mother was a gentle and kind lady. She had always been chatty, caring, and very loving towards all of us including her grandchildren. She was so generous with her time and emotional support. She was everything to me: my best friend, the person I would go to, often my companion, and my mum.

“My mother passed away on the 17 November 2018. She was at her home and under the trusted care of Sibusisiwe Msipha. This was the day that changed my life and that of my family. What makes it even worse is the thought of how she died. I entered the room and found her naked and broken, on the cold tiled floor of her bedroom.

“I have so many unanswered questions as to what happened, the extent of her injuries, whether she was in any pain, how long it had taken for her to pass away and was she calling out for me or for help.”

Detective Inspector James Howarth, said: “Sibusisiwe Msipha should have had the care of a vulnerable 89-year-old lady as her top priority. She failed in that duty. Msipha inexcusably abandoned Mrs Hind Al-Charabi to pass away on her own and showed a total disregard for the safety and security of a fellow human being.

“Mrs Al-Charabi’s family have suffered intolerably and whilst no sentence can ever make up for the loss of a loved one, we are pleased that justice has been served today.”

Police were called to a sudden death an address in Corringway, W5 at approximately 08:35hrs on 17 November 2018 after the other of the deceased’s two carers found her lying on the floor.

Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended but Mrs Al-Charabi was pronounced dead at the scene.

Msipha – who was the weekday carer – was stopped by officers when she was seen walking away from the address with a suitcase. She was arrested and taken to a north London police station.

She was later found to be in possession of a fraudulent identity document and was in the country illegally.

Detectives from Specialist Crime launched an investigation into the death. Throughout her police interviews, Msipha claimed that Mrs Al-Charabi had fallen from her bed and that she as unable to lift her. At no stage did she call anyone for assistance.

Msipha was charged on 18 November 2018 with manslaughter and fraud.