An elderly man who took his 84-year-old partner out of her Western Australian nursing home without permission and fled to the Northern Territory border faced court last week.
Police claim that 80-year-old Ralph Gibbs put his partner’s health at risk when he assisted 84-year-old Carole Lisle into his car and fled her nursing home without permission on January 2.
It is believed that Ms Lisle would have been incapable of consenting to leave the nursing home herself due to cognitive impairment.
After fleeing Ms Lisle’s Mandurah nursing home, the pair drove through outback WA until they were eventually found by police last Tuesday.
It is believed that Mr Gibbs’ decision to take Ms Lisle from her nursing home was pre-planned, but police alleged that Mr Gibbs did not consider the high level of medical care that Ms Lisle requires when the couple made their escape.
Ms Lisle, who is living with Parkinson’s disease and dementia, required urgent medical attention after being located by police.
Mr Gibbs was denied bail and placed in custody after being charged with deprivation of liberty and endanger life, health or safety of a person.
He was set to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court last Wednesday, but the outcome of his court proceedings have not yet been disclosed.