10:22 Monday 18 November 2013

Care worker to stand trial accused of spitting in woman's face

Written byNATALIE ROBINSON

Cambridge Magistrates' Court. Cambridge Magistrates' Court.

A care worker has denied spitting in the face of a woman with learning difficulties.

Elizabeth Jere, 42, cared for Alison Grey, who has learning difficulties, autism and bipolar, at her home in Ely.

Jere, from Peterborough, has been charged with spitting in the face of a woman and on Friday pleaded not guilty at Cambridge Magistrates Court.

Laura Mardell, prosecuting, said: “It is alleged that the defendant spat at the complainant.

“The complainant is said to spit when she talks but the defendant spat back at the complainant on three occasions.”

But Simon Rice, mitigating, said it was Ms Grey who spat in the face of Jere.

He said: “The alleged injured party in this case was very agitated and intentionally spat in Miss Jere’s face.”

Jere will stand trial at magistrates’ court on January 17.

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