Jailed: Mental health nurse who raped patient at east London hospital
PUBLISHED: 14:39 05 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:50 05 July 2018
A nurse who raped a patient at an east London hospital was today sentenced to 15 years behind bars.
Mohamed Kamara, 47, threatened his victim after sexually assaulting her in a bid to stop her telling the police.
But the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, spoke out to her daughter, who informed Scotland Yard.
A registered mental health nurse, Kamara committed the act at a hospital run by Barts Health NHS Trust, where he worked. The trust runs hospitals including Mile End, Newham, Royal London and St Bartholomew’s.
He was arrested after an investigation from the Met’s Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command.
Reacting to the sentencing, Det Con Elli Amson said Kamara “deliberately preyed on a very vulnerable woman.”
“He targeted her whilst employed in the capacity as a registered mental health nurse and this is a clear breach of trust and abuse of his position,” she added.
“I would like recognition to be given to the victim who, in such awful circumstances, found the strength to disclose this traumatic event to her daughter and come forward, despite still remaining in the hospital where the offence took place. Her bravery is truly commendable.”
Snaresbrook Crown Court also issued Kamara — of Fleming Way, Thamesmead — a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for an indefinite period. He must sign the sex offenders register for life.
Caroline Alexander, Chief Nurse at Barts Health, said: “I am shocked and saddened that this happened to a patient under our care and my thoughts are with the victim and their family.
“We immediately investigated the allegations and assisted the police with their enquiries.
“The safety of our patients is always our number one priority and we carry out enhanced background checks on all clinical staff.
“We will continue to reflect on this shocking incident and do all we can to prevent anything like this happening again.”
Formed in 2012, the trust is the second largest of its kind in the UK and aims to “provide safe and compassionate care” to more than two million patients in east London.