Healthcare assistant jailed for 11 years for raping nursing home resident during lockdown

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A healthcare assistant who raped a pensioner in her nursing home bed during the Covid-19 lockdown has been jailed for 11 years.

The woman’s family described how they have been unable to comfort their mother by hugging her as they normally would since the rape in April. The elderly woman remains terrified the man will return to her room.

The victims daughter told the court: “We always said we waill dread the day she loses her memory but now one day we hope she wakes up and doesn’t remember.”

The 52-year-old man pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping the woman in her room at 3am on the morning of 3rd April 2020 at a Dublin nursing home. He has no previous convictions and has been in custody since his arrest in April.