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Eastbourne psychiatric nurse sexually assaulted two patients, court hears
2:21pm Monday 24th September 2012 in News
A male nursing assistant told a mental health patient that he would put her "in the book" if she did not allow him to sexually assault her, a court heard today.
Foday Chorr, 46, is accused of sexual assaulting two female patients at Eastbourne District General Hospital between June 10 and 21 last year.
Opening the case at Lewes Crown Court, prosecutor Michael Riley described the two women as "vulnerable" and having "mental health issues".
In one incident, the victim said Chorr walked into her room and asked her what relaxed her, Mr Riley said.
She answered that when she had been pregnant she liked to have her feet massaged and Chorr offered to do this for her.
Mr Riley told the jury: "(The victim) said she didn't want him to, that she was just answering the question.
"He said he would put her 'in the book' and report her as being obstructive... if she didn't let him do it."
Mr Riley said Chorr, from Shropshire, then proceeded to massage her feet and move his hands up and down her legs.
He added: "She felt she had to comply with the threat... he was a nurse at the hospital, she was a mental patient. She froze, she was shocked."
Chorr then kissed her before leaving.
The following night, a similar incident occurred except that, when he touched her legs, his hands moved further towards her thigh.
The victim reported the incident after she was discharged and was asked to fill out a questionnaire about her four-day stay at the hospital.
In a second case, the victim made her complaint hours after it happened, Mr Riley said. She was in her bed reading when Chorr came into her room late at night, the jury was told.
Chorr said he was going to tickle her and she said she did not want him to. He then tickled her feet and moved his hand up and down her leg before leaving.
Mr Riley said: "She said she felt scared and shocked." Chorr then came back a second time and touched the victim on her thigh.
On his third visit that night, the victim awoke to find her covers off, her nightgown lifted up and Chorr standing at her bedside, while she had no underwear on.
He told her to "cover up".
Mr Riley said on the third occasion, the victim claimed Chorr also touched her leg and pubic area.
"She was scared and didn't think she could do anything about it before (Chorr) had left."
Chorr, of Shorncliffe Drive, Shrewsbury, denies five counts of sexual assault on the two female patients while working as a psychiatric nursing assistant at the hospital.
The trial, before Judge Richard Haywood, continues.