Dylan Birkett carried out the vile attack on the 69-year-old (Image: Lancashire Police / SWNS)

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A carer was caught on a hidden camera sexually abusing a resident with dementia.

Dylan Birkett carried out the vile attack on the 69-year-old woman.

The 21-year-old's victim, who can't be identified for legal reasons, was getting ready to spend Christmas Day with her family when he abused her in her bedroom, Manchester Evening News reported.

The woman, who prosecutors said struggles to communicate due to a condition, had been moved to the care home in July 2019.

Her family notice she seemed distressed during visits from November that year.

Concerned with the change in her behaviour, her husband installed a hidden camera in her bedroom to try to understand what was happening.

The 21-year-old carried out the abuse at St George’s Nursing Home in Barrow, Cumbria
(Image: Lancashire Police / SWNS)

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"I took her back and stayed until she went to sleep," he told Preston Crown Court.

“When I took the camera home and viewed the footage I was absolutely horrified to discover that Dylan Birkett had been physically and sexually abusing her while working as a carer in the home.”

In footage captured by the hidden camera Birkett and a female carer can be seen helping the woman get dressed.

When the woman leaves Birkett sits the resident at her dressing table and begins to brush her hair.

At times his manner appears rough and he seems to tap her with the bristles of the brush.

As the woman stands up Birkett squeezes her breasts over her clothing and places her hand on his crotch.

He then leads her to the en-suite bathroom only for her to emerge a few seconds later.

The sentencing hearing took place at Preston Crown Court
(Image: Liverpool Echo)

Birklett then directs her back into the bathroom.

After he viewed the footage the woman’s husband called the care home, leading the duty manager to be called in and police informed the following day, the court heard.

Birkett was arrested on Boxing Day.

He admitted he had touched the woman, but claimed he was checking she was properly dressed.

The woman was taken to the Bridgeway Centre where she underwent distressing forensic examinations, but was too upset for these to be completed in full.

Speaking after the case concluded, the woman's husband said: “The realisation of what he has put her through has shaken our family to its core.

"None of us will ever forget that Christmas Day.

“Due to her dementia my wife finds it hard to make sentences and it takes time over several days for me to work out what she is trying to say.

"Words such as ‘the pain is awful’ and ‘I could not stop him’ ‘no-one cares’ and ‘he will kill me if I tell’.

"These words play over and over in my mind and keep haunting me.

“The worst aspect to deal with is that she thought the family had known what was going on and that we didn’t care.

“Despite her dementia my wife is still traumatised by her ordeal and still has flashbacks and starts crying.

"Our family has been completely devastated by this unthinkable crime.

“It is unthinkable that this could happen in the very place that was supposed to care for her and keep her safe.

"We will never be able to forgive or forget the pain and degradation he has put her through.”

Dylan Birkett, of Bay View Grove, Barrow, pleaded guilty to charges of sexual assault and causing a person to engage in sexual activity in September.

His sentence was handed out on Tuesday, January 5, after being put back last month.

Sentencing Birkett to two years, Judge Simon Newell said: “You can’t give any definitive view as to why it happened but a reasonable view might be that this was for sexual gratification by an immature, inexperienced, socially inadequate and lonely young man who suffers from Aspergers.”

He said although Birkett would be vulnerable in prison the offending was so "heinous there could only be an immediate prison sentence."