Ian Phillips Christopher Brown
Ian Phillips 2007
When Karl Kennedy’s father, Tom, suffering from dementia, came to stay with him and his family, unhappy in his nursing home, Karl’s wife, Susan, and stepchildren, Rachel and Zeke struggled to look after him. When there was a delay finding him a new place to stay at Eden Hills Care Home, and Karl was called away to Sydney for a conference, they decided to employ a nurse to care for Tom during the day. Nurse Ian Phillips arrived for his first day of work, much to Tom’s disgust but soon made his intentions clear as he ignored his patient and stole his food for lunch, leaving Tom to eat a bowl of baked beans. Later that afternoon, when Susan arrived home with the kids, Tom complained about Ian’s treatment of him but Susan brushed it off, even giving Ian $100 when he lied that Tom had stolen money from his wallet. The only person to listen to Tom was Zeke, who Tom believed to be Karl.
The next day, Zeke placed a video camera in one of the drawers, hoping to catch Ian’s poor treatment of Tom. And, only moments after Susan, Rachel and Zeke left the house, Ian spotted Susan’s wedding rings on the windowsill by the sink and pocketed them. Tom spotted him and confronted him over his actions, but Ian said that they’d just blame it on Tom’s ‘magpie phase’ since he’d been taking the neighbours’ newspapers and mail all week. However, when the family arrived home and Susan couldn’t find her rings, Ian lied that Tom must have taken them, only for Zeke to produce the footage of him taking them. Ian quickly grabbed his bag and ran out the door, but Tom simply smiled and took the nurse’s car keys from his pocket, as Rachel phoned the police and Susan apologised to both Tom and Zeke for not having believed them.
Biography by Steve