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John Radcliffe Hospital toilet rapist Ian Joseph jailed

Ian Joseph
Image caption Ian Joseph had denied rape but was found guilty by a jury in May

A man has been jailed indefinitely for raping a woman in the toilets of the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Ian Joseph, 44, of no fixed abode, attacked the 22-year-old woman on 30 October last year and forced her to perform a sex act on him.

He had denied rape but a jury at Oxford Crown Court returned a unanimous guilty verdict in May.

He was given an indeterminate sentence for public protection with a minimum term of four years.

A spokesperson for the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust said: "We are shocked that a crime of this nature could occur in our hospital.

'No remorse'

"It is an ongoing challenge for every hospital to balance free public access to our buildings whilst helping our patients, visitors and staff to stay safe.

"In this case, evidence of this crime was captured by our CCTV system and the perpetrator was identified by our security guards, leading to his arrest and conviction.

"We would like to reassure patients, staff and visitors who come to our hospitals that we have measures in place to keep them safe."

Det Con Rob Barratt, of Thames Valley Police, said: "I am pleased with the sentence given to Joseph by the court, which reflects the severity of the offence he committed.

"Joseph is a predatory offender and has shown no remorse at any time during this trial for the crime he committed.

"His victim has shown incredible bravery and strength throughout, from the first instance in coming forward and reporting this matter, to standing up and giving evidence in court."

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