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By Laura Ferguson

A Glasgow carer who repeatedly slapped a vulnerable 73-year-old woman she was employed to help look after has been removed from the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) register.

Claire Drynan's vicious assault on the pensioner was overheard by a witness who recorded the incident on her mobile phone while trying to get into the house.

The 53-year-old appeared at Paisley Sheriff Court charged with the attack where it was heard Drynan was working when another carer attending the property in Kilbarchan overheard the ruckus when she arrived to start her shift.

Procurator fiscal depute Ian Mathieson explained that footage was taken of the assault, stating: "This footage was seized and on the audio clip, voices could be heard and phrases such as, 'Head up, lean forward, arms up, get your arms up, other side, arms in'.

"Various slapping sounds could also be heard and phrases such as 'F*****g shut it' and 'What you f*****g doing' and 'Sit and do the toilet.'"

The SSSC has now made the decision to remove Drynan from the register.

The hearing stated that "the offence was aggravated by prejudice relating to disability, for which you were convicted of assault."

It continued: "Your actions have caused physical and emotional harm to a vulnerable service user and are very serious. Service users should feel safe and protected from harm in their own environment.

"You have demonstrated only limited insight and regret. Although the behaviour was an isolated incident which would indicate a limited risk of repetition, your behaviour demonstrated a marked and serious loss of self-control in an everyday caring situation in which, especially given your prior experience, you were entrusted to remain calm.

"On this basis, and given the lack of assurances to the contrary, we consider that there is a foreseeable risk that the behaviour may be repeated in the future should you be allowed to continue to work in social services."

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Heartless carer who repeatedly slapped elderly woman removed from social services register
Claire Drynan was convicted of assaulting her 73-year-old victim earlier this year.
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Edinburgh carer grabbed scared resident by the trousers and took her handbag
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Bad West Lothian carer screamed 'shut up' at vulnerable patient
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