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Carer sentenced to six years' jail for manslaughter
27 March 2022
An Adelaide disability support worker has been jailed for more than six years for
committing one of the most serious examples of manslaughter by criminal
neglect South Australia has ever seen that killed NDIS client Ann Marie Smith.
While Rosa Marie Maione, 70, will be eligible for parole in five years and three
months, she is expected to be deported to Italy upon her release from prison
where she will be an “elderly woman” and “alone in a foreign country”.
Ms Smith lived a quiet, isolated life before she became the victim of Maione’s
gross criminal neglect.
During sentencing, Justice Anne Bampton said her death was preventable.
“It is clear the care of Ann Smith was compromised from the time you became
her sole support worker,” Justice Bampton said.
“Whilst Ms Smith’s autonomous position has to be respected, she required the
involvement of her service provider Integrity Care and health providers.
“You had absolutely no insight into Ms Smith’s physical condition leading up to
her death — your incompetence, lack of training, lack of assertiveness …
produced an environment where you failed to provide appropriate care.
Ms Smith’s mother was her primary carer until her death some years before her
The 54-year-old had become “totally dependent” on Maione, who was paid under
the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to provide six hours care per day
to Ms Smith, seven days a week, plus an additional two hours for cleaning and
The court heard that Maione knew she was “incapable” of caring for Ms Smith,
but she never sought help.
Ms Smith died from multiple organ failure from an untreated pressure sore. She
was also dehydrated and malnourished.
Adelaide, South Australia