NHS worker in court on rape charge

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Arrest made after man exposes himself in Portsmouth

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A HEALTHCARE assistant has appeared in court charged with rape and sexual assault.

Sajin Kunjappu Panikkassery, 29, of Langton Road, Chichester, pleaded not guilty at Worthing Magistrates’ Court to four counts of sexual assault and one count of raping a female patient at St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester, on January 10.

He will appear at Chichester Crown Court on April 5.

The victim, a woman in her 20s, is receiving help and support and is no longer at the hospital.

A police spokesman said they were receiving full co-operation from Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs St Richard’s.

A trust spokesman said: ‘Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust can confirm a member of staff at St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester, has been charged after being arrested by Sussex Police in connection with an alleged incident on January 10. The member of staff will not be working at the trust while the investigation takes place.’

Anyone with information can call police on 101.