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Northampton nurse David Ajayi struck off over groping

A "predatory and controlling" nurse found to have groped patients and a carer has been ordered to be struck off by a disciplinary panel.

David Ajayi was found guilty of misconduct by the Nursing and Midwifery Council after a hearing in London.

The allegations related to his work at the Westwood Lodge home, in Northampton, between 2006 and 2008.

The panel cleared him of some of the claims but ruled he was not fit to practise.

It found he failed to maintain professional boundaries with a woman, known only as Resident A, in that he sexually touched and kissed her.

'Sexual misconduct'

He was also found to have entered, without a chaperone, a shower where Resident C was washing, and assisted with the shower.

In another incident, he was found to have indecently touched a woman, known only as Carer A.

Mr Ajayi, a mental health nurse, denied allegations that he had groped patients, saying the claims were "fabricated" and had made him weep when he read them.

He was not present for Friday's ruling. The panel was told he felt very low and wanted them to proceed in his absence.

Chairman Jim Spencer said: "The sexual misconduct was particularly serious. It involved several victims, some of whom were vulnerable patients under his care, and continued over a prolonged period.

"There's evidence of a pattern of controlling and predatory behaviour."

He added: "There is a real current need for public protection in this case."

'No regret'

Among other allegations that were found proved were that Mr Ajayi became involved in a fight with a man known only as Resident F.

This was also "clearly misconduct", Mr Spencer said.

"A number of the allegations, especially those of a sexual nature, were not isolated incidents," he said.

"He has shown a complete lack of insight into how to care for a vulnerable patient, and has not expressed any regret or apology. There are serious attitudinal problems in this case."

Allegations of sexual touching relating to women known only as Resident G and Resident H were found not proved.

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