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Hospital worker jailed for rape of woman with MS

A convicted sex attacker who raped a disabled woman in hospital while working as a healthcare assistant has been jailed indefinitely.

Naraindrakoomar Sahodree, 59, raped the multiple sclerosis sufferer at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in central London in 2008.

Sahodree, of Tottenham, north London, was found guilty last month of rape.

Judge David Martineau, at Blackfriars Crown Court, said six years should be served before a parole application.

He added Sahodree, who was also convicted of three counts of sexual assault against two women, should be made subject to an order banning him from taking up jobs in the caring profession in future.

Warning buzzer

Judger Martineau said he was "satisfied" Sahodree wanted to work at the central London hospital "in order to target vulnerable women who were physically unable to resist any sexual assault".

He managed to get the job as a healthcare assistant despite already being struck off the nurses' register, the court was told.

Sahodree was jailed for 21 months in 1996 after being convicted of 13 counts of obtaining property by deception and, while on bail, he went on to sexually attack an 18-year-old girl at the nursing home he owned and ran.

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.

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

'Approaching old age'

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.

He pleaded guilty to four counts of obtaining a pecuniary advantage - his salary - by deception.

Defending, Edmund Vickers urged Judge Martineau not to impose a sentence for public protection, saying Sahodree was "approaching old age" and unlikely to reoffend.

But the judge ruled a sentence for public protection was necessary and told Sahodree it would be at least six years before an application for parole could be made.

Sentencing him, he said: "I'm satisfied that you pose a significant risk of serious psychological harm to women.

"You were charged with the duty to look after and protect and care for the interests of these two extremely vulnerable women.

"Instead, you wholly disregarded their interests and welfare in order to satisfy your sexual desires."