Alex McKinnon is Schwartz Media’s morning editor and a former editor of Junkee and the Star Observer.
“While I was at break, there has been a murder. The resident has murdered another resident.”
Kathryn Nobes, an aged-care worker with an unnamed employer in Sydney, is giving evidence before the royal commission into the aged-care industry. A quiet, upright middle-aged woman in a floral-print blouse, Nobes reads her prepared statement carefully into the record. She takes her time and keeps her voice even.
She is quoting a colleague who found an aged-care resident dead in their room, beaten to death by another resident, an elderly man with advanced dementia. Shortly before the body was discovered, Nobes encountered the perpetrator “holding a walking stick in his right hand, like it was a club”. He had blood on his hands, clothes and face. She thought he had fallen and suffered a nosebleed. After the death, Nobes was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder....