A woman who was wrongly convicted of ill-treating a care home resident has spoken of her ordeal as she fought to clear her name.
Last May Margita Tutokyova, 59, of Shrubfields Grove, Corby, denied the offence but was found guilty at the town’s magistrates court and was ordered to carry out 80 hours unpaid work and pay £210 in costs.
Devastated by the conviction, she decided to fight for justice and in October, at Northampton Crown Court, her appeal was upheld. Concerns were raised over evidence given at the original hearing.
Mrs Tutokyova, who nursed and cared for her mother for 11 years and for her husband for eight years before his death from cancer, said: “At the time of the case I was having nightmares and I still have difficulty sleeping.
“I had never done anything wrong in my life and I’m glad I have cleared my name.”
Mrs Tutokyova, who moved to England from Slovakia to start a new life after the death of her husband, was suspended from her job at Shire Lodge Nursing Home, Corby, following the allegations but her employer provided her with references.
She said: “I came here to England and I was happy and worked hard and enjoyed my job caring for people.
“The court case was a terrible experience.
“I thought about going back home but my two sons told me to stay and fight for the truth.
“I am happy in England. The country and people are great and I have many good friends.
“I don’t blame anyone for what happened but I will have the hurt in my heart for the rest of my life.”