Rapist who attacked wheelchair-bound woman in hospital jailed

A convicted sex attacker who raped a disabled woman in hospital while working as a healthcare assistant has been jailed for public protection, with a minimum term of six years.

Naraindrakoomar Sahodree attacked the wheelchair-bound multiple sclerosis sufferer during a night shift at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in central London on October 31 2008.

The 59-year-old had been able to get a job there despite being convicted of indecently assaulting an 18-year-old girl and having already being struck off the nurses' register.

He also attacked another patient at the London hospital in January 2007, trying to kiss her on the lips and touching her inner thigh.

Sentencing Sahodree at Blackfriars Crown Court in London, Judge David Martineau said: "I'm satisfied that you pose a significant risk of serious psychological harm to women."

The judge ruled he should be made subject of a sexual offences prevention order banning him from taking up jobs in the caring profession.

Sahodree, of Tottenham, north London, was found guilty last month of rape and three counts of sexual assault against two women.

Earlier, he admitted lying about his previous convictions in order to get jobs at the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust and the Central and North West London Mental Health NHS Trust between 2003 and 2008.

Sahodree pleaded guilty to four counts of obtaining a pecuniary advantage – his salary – by deception.

The court had heard he was jailed for 21 months after being convicted of 13 counts of obtaining property by deception in April 1996 and, while on bail went on to sexually attack the teenage girl three days after she started work at a nursing home he owned and ran in Liverpool.

He was jailed for a further two months for five counts of indecent assault in January 1997.

During his latest trial, the wheelchair-bound MS sufferer, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the jury Sahodree made sure she could not summon help by moving her warning buzzer before the attack.

The court also heard the woman kept a diary during her time in hospital but a page about the rape was torn out and has never been found.

Another patient said Sahodree tried to kiss her on the lips in January 2007 and, on one occasion, touched the upper part of her inner left thigh in what she considered an inappropriate way after she buzzed for medical staff to help with her condition, which can cause painful spasms in her legs.

The woman, who also cannot be named, said she found Sahodree "quite pervy" and his behaviour made her "scared". On one occasion he tried to give her whisky "to calm me and get me relaxed" and she told police "He used to try to kiss me. I do remember trying to pull away because I didn't like it at all."

Edmund Vickers, mitigating, said Sahodree accepted the trial had caused "human suffering" to his victims but maintained the offences did not take place.