Care worker who assaulted Broadmoor man changes plea to Guilty

17/09/2010

On 13 September at Oxford Crown Court, Rhoda Sibanda (31) from Bracknell pleaded guilty during her trial to two counts of sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder by a care worker. The offences occurred between 1 July and 28 August 2009. A third charge was ordered to lie on file. Sibanda was sentenced the same day.

Case lawyer Luke Bulpitt said: 'The right to a private sexual life has to be balanced against the need to protect vulnerable people and maintain the safety of those living and working in Broadmoor. This is a grave breach of trust which not only caused the victim, in his vulnerable state, to self harm and damage property, but also posed a risk to safety at Broadmoor.'

During July and August 2009, Sibanda, who worked as a charge nurse at Broadmoor, developed a sexual relationship with one of the patients there. The relationship came to the attention of those in charge of Broadmoor when another nurse saw the defendant taking the victim into the laundry room, something which is against the rules, and reported her.

Sibanda was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for 12 months with a supervision order for 12 months. She was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £250 and sign the Sex Offenders Register, which she will be on for 7 years.