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Poplar psychiatric nurse jailed after voodoo threats to patient

PUBLISHED: 10:15 11 June 2013 | UPDATED: 10:15 11 June 2013

A psychiatric nurse who threatened to perform voodoo on a vulnerable patient if she revealed their affair has been kicked out of the profession.

Alex Kanneh, 44, first met the woman, known as Patient A, when she was an in-patient at the now defunct St Clements Hospital in Mile End, where he worked.

Kanneh, of Ming Street, Poplar, sent the 33-year-old text messages declaring his love, the Nursing and Midwifery Council heard.

He became her care worker in 2006 after she began receiving care in the community from the Bethnal Green Community Mental Health team.

The woman embarked on a year long affair with the nurse, originally from Sierra Leone.

When the affair came out in April 2011, Kanneh bombarded the woman with texts threatening to “put voodoo on her”.

“The patient was described as very vulnerable and at the risk of exploitation,” said Krystal Whyment, for the Nursing and Midwifery Council on Monday.

“She said the reason they had sex was because that nobody loved her and she wanted to avoid upsetting anybody.”

Patient A told her housing officer that she was being abused by her mental health worker. And Kanneh then phoned and texted the woman, threatening her with voodoo, the Council heard.

He was suspended from his job as a mental health nurse with the East London NHS Foundation Trust in April last year. He was jailed for 30 months at Snaresbrook Crown Court in November after pleading guilty to three counts of sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder by a care worker.

He will remain on the sex offender’s register indefinitely - and could face deportation after release.

He faces further trial in August for an alleged sexual relationship with another mental health patient in his care.


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