Sunday 19 November 2017

Savile's brother also preyed on vulnerable patients in care

Disgraced DJ Jimmy Savile promotes the hospital where he terrified sick children for more than two decades.
Disgraced DJ Jimmy Savile promotes the hospital where he terrified sick children for more than two decades.
Jimmy Savile welcomes athletes home from the Commonwealth Games in 2002. Photo: Getty Images

Martin Evans

Jimmy Savile's older brother, Johnny, abused at least seven patients, visitors and staff at a psychiatric hospital in south London, a report has found.

Johnny, who died in 1998, worked as a recreation officer at the Springfield Hospital in Tooting between 1978 and 1980.

A report published yesterday revealed how he traded on his association with his famous older brother to sexually abuse people at the hospital.

Complaints, from at least five patients, one visitor and one member of staff have now been uncovered.

The report stated that "on the balance of probabilities, Johnny raped at least one of the victims."

He was eventually dismissed for gross misconduct in 1980.

The report found that he acted like a "minor celebrity" in his own right and traded on this status to carry out his abuse.

Apology

One victim claimed she was raped by Savile after visiting Springfield hospital as a day patient in 1979.

She said he invited her into his office where he forced her to perform a sex act on him before raping her.

One victim is now demanding an apology after her repeated complaints about Johnny Savile were disregarded on numerous occasions.

The woman told hospital staff, the police and her GP of the incident on numerous occasions between 1991 and 2012, but no action was taken to investigate the claims before Savile died. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Telegraph.co.uk

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