/ 29 July 2021

Getting justice for Ann Marie Smith

Rosa Maione, the care worker charged over the death of Adelaide woman Ann Marie Smith, yesterday pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Smith, who had cerebral palsy and required constant care that was provided through the National Disability Insurance Scheme, died in April last year in what police called “disgusting and degrading” conditions. An autopsy revealed the 54yo died from severe septic shock, organ failure, pressure sores and malnutrition. Police believe she may have spent up to a year confined to a cane chair before she died in hospital. Valuable jewellery was stolen from her home, and “irregular spending” was found in her accounts. Maione is due to be sentenced in September, and her lawyer said she would explain her side then.

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