A carer who locked a naked disabled man outside on a cold night has been given a suspended prison sentence.
Jason Blackwell, 29, also fed the man, who has cerebral palsy and is unable to communicate verbally, a banana topped with salt and tomato ketchup.
On Thursday, Blackwell, of First Avenue, Sudbury, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to two offences of cruelty.
The court heard how Blackwell had worked at the Dell Care Home in Cats Lane, Sudbury, for five years without incident.
In March last year on a cold night, he shut the victim, who is in his 40s, outside the unit where he was living.
Prosecutor Robert Sadd said: “He was simply left there until rescued.” The man was eventually found by other staff members.
The second incident happened in October when the victim was fed an “unpleasant concoction” of a banana topped with salt and tomato ketchup.
When interviewed by police, Blackwell made no admissions but went on to plead guilty during his first appearance in court.
In mitigation, Frances Coles-Harrington said her client had expressed remorse for his actions which had been at a difficult period in his life.
Miss Coles-Harrington said: “It is very likely that this was something that was completely out of character for Mr Blackwell.”
Sentencing him to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, Judge John Holt told Blackwell: “Your victim, and it is proper to describe him as a victim, has cerebral palsy and was wholly reliant on care.”
Blackwell was ordered to remain under probation service supervision for 12 months and carry out 250 hours of unpaid work.
Judge Holt told Blackwell that he will never again be allowed to work in the caring profession.