Wednesday 26 October 2016

Nurse drugged and raped 27 patients at busy A&E

Martin Evans

Published 01/04/2015 | 02:30

Andrew Hutchinson
Andrew Hutchinson

A nurse who filmed himself raping unconscious patients behind curtained-off booths in a busy A&E, is facing jail after admitting carrying out 27 horrific attacks.

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Andrew Hutchinson (29) exploited his position as a senior nurse at Oxford's John Radcliffe hospital in order to take advantage of women who were under anaesthetic.

The appalling attacks took place just yards from where other members of staff were working in the busy A&E unit, but Hutchinson filmed the rapes and stored them on his phone and laptop.

On one occasion he used a stolen medical camera to film up a woman's skirt as she stood by her stricken friend's bedside.

Oxford Crown Court heard how he also spied on women and young girls as they got changed at a local leisure centre. He also took advantage of his position as a volunteer paramedic at a Wilderness music festival to grope women who had passed out in the First Aid tent.

He was eventually caught when two girls became suspicious after seeing him lurking at the White Horse Leisure Centre in Abingdon and contacted staff. When police raided his flat they found a library of sickening images and video contained on computers, mobile phones and memory sticks.

Detectives were then forced to identify, trace and inform the victims, who had either been unaware or unconscious when they were violated. Police have so far identified 10 victims who are aged between 10 and 35 years. But they are still seeking to trace one of the victims who was attacked at the hospital and 18 girls who were filmed as they got changed at the leisure centre.

Hutchinson, who had a girlfriend when he was arrested, pleaded guilty to 27 separate charges. A trusted member of the John Radcliffe medical staff, he had risen up through the ranks to become a senior nurse, who was able to spend time alone with patients. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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