Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Southampton malaria trial nurse charged with sex attack

A male nurse who went missing while taking part in a malaria medical trial, sparking a police appeal, has been charged with sexual assault.

Matthew Lloyd, 35, from Shirley, was taking part in a clinical trial in Oxford but missed an appointment last month, prompting fears for his health.

He made contact with Dutch police 12 days later.

Mr Lloyd, who works at Southampton General Hospital, is accused of attacking a woman in August.

The woman was targeted twice by the same attacker as she walked home along Howard Road in Southampton.

At the time of Mr Lloyd's disappearance, he had been taking part in trials to find a cure for malaria. It was initially feared he had been infected with the disease, although he was subsequently given the all-clear.

He had also been arrested and questioned over an alleged attack against a 20-year-old woman and released on police bail, but he was free to leave the country.

Hampshire police said Mr Lloyd was charged with sexual assault and common assault on 16 November, but the media were not told until Wednesday.

Mr Lloyd has been released on bail to reappear at Southampton Magistrates' Court on 5 January, 2011.

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