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Care worker jailed after 76-year-old woman sexually abused in care home


By Sky New - 28.07.2023 - [UK] - [Stanley Ekhator]

A care worker has been sentenced to 12 years in jail after being convicted of sexually abusing a 76-year-old woman at a care home in Manchester.


Greater Manchester Police said Stanley Ekhator had shown a "despicable" lack of remorse and a "total disregard for the victim's wellbeing". Officers received an accusation of rape from the woman on 17 December 2022.


She was taken to Saint Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre for "further tests and received immediate support and treatment", the force added.


"Extensive forensic investigation and CCTV analysis" enabled a suspect to be identified.


Footage showed Ekhator entering the victim's room for several minutes on the evening in question before briefly leaving.


Detective Constable Tanya Andreeva said: "Ekhator then enters the victim's room again and stays for approximately five minutes.


"She bravely disclosed what happened when Ekhator was in her room the following day. Officers attended immediately to support her."


Ekhator, 36, was arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder on 23 December last year and charged the following month.


Earlier this month, and after pleading not guilty, he was convicted of sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder.


"Ekhator's lack of respect, remorse and his total disregard for the victim's wellbeing is despicable," Ms Andreeva said.


She added that he "used his position of trust and power to gain access to an extremely vulnerable elderly woman", while his crime has had a "lasting impact on the victim and her loved ones' lives".


Ms Andreeva commented: "The victim and her family's bravery has been incredible from start to finish.


"Her strength and courage have shown throughout the investigation.


"We hope that today's sentencing, in whatever way it can, will provide closure to her and her loved ones."

If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this article, you can contact Dignity4Patients, whose helpline is open Monday to Thursday 10am to 4pm.

 
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