Nurse, Andrew Hutchinson, from John Radcliffe Hospital Jailed for Sexual Assaults

April 29, 2015
Siobhán Crawford - Solicitor in the Child Abuse Team

Posted by: Siobhán Crawford


In a tale with harrowing similarities to that of Myles Bradbury, Andrew Hutchinson, a nurse working in the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, was jailed for 18 years for raping and assaulting those in his care.

Guilty

Although giving a ‘no comment’ interview when first confronted by Thames Valley Police, Hutchinson pleaded guilty to;

  • Rape;
  • Outraging public decency;
  • Making indecent images of children;
  • Theft of a hospital camera use for internal examinations; and
  • Possession of ketamine – a classified drug sometimes prescribed as a painkiller

Crimes

However, the court heard that Hutchinson filmed himself raping two patients at the John Radcliffe Hospital as well as attacking a woman who had passed out at a music festival whilst he was on duty as a medic.

In a horrifying turn of events the women he attacked could only identify themselves by watching the many videos that he made of himself assaulting them. This is because his modus operandi was to prey upon women who had lost consciousness and were therefore unaware of his attacks until Thames Valley Police contacted them.

Upon arresting Hutchinson, police found footage of many attacks as well as voyeuristic images obtained whilst volunteering for the 2012 Olympics.

Review

A representative from the John Radcliffe has stated that an internal review is underway to ascertain whether anything could have been done by the hospital to prevent Hutchinson carrying out his crimes.

Sentence

Judge Ian Pringle QC stated that Hutchinson’s crimes were “despicable”. Echoing the sentencing remarks of Bradbury he also stated that it is “impossible to conceive of a greater breach of trust in our society”.

Police have stated that all those who can be identified have been contacted but if you believe you may have been assaulted by Hutchinson you can contact Thames Valley by calling 101 and quoting Operation Bream.

I am a Senior Solicitor at Bolt Burdon Kemp specialising in Child Abuse claims. If you think you may have a claim, contact me free of charge and in confidence on 020 7288 4886 or at siobhancrawford@boltburdonkemp.co.uk for specialist legal advice. Alternatively, you can complete this form and one of the solicitors in the Child Abuse team will contact you.

Posted by: Siobhán Crawford

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