EXCLUSIVE by Tom Powell
A MENTAL health nurse who was sacked and jailed for torturing an 85-year-old dementia patient is giving Botox injections on the Costa del Sol.
David Hill was imprisoned for six months in 2010 after pleading guilty to ‘degrading and humiliating’ wheelchair-bound Dorothy Tunstall at a UK care home in St Helens.
Judge Robert Warnock told Hill at Liverpool Crown Court: “You grossly abused your patient’s trust, apparently for your own perverse enjoyment.
“You force-fed her, you flicked food in her face and you put her in a hoist and spun her around when you knew she was terrified.”
Hill, 52, was also struck off in a hearing of the Nursing and Midwifery Council in August 2011, banning him from practising as a nurse in England.
But he did not attend the hearing, with UK newspapers reporting he was working at a Botox clinic in Spain.
Fast forward four years and the Olive Press has traced Hill, now living with his wife in a luxury villa in the Atalaya development, Estepona, and working as a self-employed ‘aesthetic practitioner’.
But when client Natalie Rose discovered his unsavoury past via a Google search, she immediately raised the alarm.
“I’ve known David for three years, I even introduced him to people in Coin and helped him advertise on Facebook,” British expat Rose told the Olive Press. “When I saw what he had done in St Helens I was amazed, shocked and upset.
“My mum had dementia and he was so sympathetic with me, but now I am appalled, he must have no shame,” added Rose, who has lived in Coin with her family for 11 years.
Hill, who advertises on Facebook, Linkedin and by word of mouth, operates out of his own home as well as visiting clients’ both on the coast and regularly back in England.
The UK Nursing Council’s hearing report on Hill, who qualified as a mental health nurse in 1983, states: “There is no evidence of either insight or remorse.”
A spokeswoman for the Council, Ann Brown, told the Olive Press that by moving to Spain, Hill now comes under ‘the jurisdiction of the equivalent Spanish authority’.
“He cannot practise as a nurse in England but according to a February 2014 report, it appears non-registered people can still administer Botox in the UK,” she confirmed.
However, the Spanish ministry of health confirmed that only qualified doctors can administer Botox in Spain, and they must be registered.
The Ocean Clinic in Marbella also confirmed: “You need to be a qualified doctor to administer Botox in Spain, and registered with the Ministry of Health.”
When contacted by the Olive Press, Hill stated that he is a ‘fully trained and legal aesthetic practitioner’, working in both Spain and England. “I was told I did not need a certificate from the Ministry of Health to administer Botox and fillers in Spain,” he said, while expressing no remorse for his previous actions.
“I went to prison for something I didn’t do,” he claimed. “I pleaded guilty because my barrister convinced me I would avoid a jail term, but I didn’t.”