Toyboy shocked after social services refuse to hand back his 88-old-wife

Toyboy shocked after social services refuse to hand back his 88-old-wife
Published: 2015 May 01 07:24:16 (9673 Views)
A toyboy husband got a shock when he took his 88-year-old wife to a care home for respite only for social workers to refuse to hand her back.

Ousman Jatta, 45, married Beryl in the Gambia 13 years ago and moved to the UK with her when she became ill in 2006.

The devoted husband dropped her off at a care home in February for respite while he took a three-week break in Africa.

But when he went to pick her up he was told social services had intervened and ruled his dementia-suffering wife couldn't return home with him.

Devastated Ousman has threatened to go on a hunger strike if Bristol City Council don't hand back his wife who he says has pleaded to return home.

The authority said it has now agreed an "appropriate care plan" and while Mrs Jutta is still not home, her husband said he is confident the council will relent.

The supermarket security worker said: "They have used their power against me to keep my wife in a nursing home against her and my wishes.

"I care for her better than anyone and I feel very sad.

"Every time I go to the Gambia I contact social services for respite, but they never told me they were going to keep my wife.



"To me Beryl is not old, she is a human being and no matter if she is old or young she is my wife. I would never neglect Beryl. I love Beryl."

Retired shop worker Beryl moved to the Gambia more than 17 years ago and met Ousman when he helped translate for her in a local shop.

The pair became firm friends and dated for four years before they got married in 2002.

But they were forced to come back to the UK when she fell ill and doctors advised the mum-of-two would get better treatment at her home in Bristol.

Ousman became her primary carer along with local authority carers who visit during the day while he is at work.

A legal expert who specialises in health and welfare said social workers don't have the power to keep someone against their will.

Fiona McGhie from Irwin Mitchell said: "They don't have that over-riding say.

"They can form a view and put forward a view of what they think might be in someone's best interested, which may or may not be the same as the family members."

A spokesman for Bristol City Council said: "We have been in regular contact with Mr Jatta over a period of time regarding his wife's care and are pleased to have agreed an appropriate care plan with him which puts the best interests of Mrs Jatta first."



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