Nurse jailed for sexually assaulting two patients

03/12/2010

Today (3 December) former nurse Oliver Balicao was jailed for nine years for sexually assaulting two female patients. He was convicted at Reading Crown Court on 8 November.

Balicao (37), from Bicester, although originally from the Philippines, was a nurse at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford at the time of these two offences, which took place in October 2002 and October 2004. The first offence involved a 22 year-old, whom he indecently assaulted. The second offence involved a teenager admitted to hospital after taking an overdose, who was subsequently raped by Balicao.

CPS case lawyer, Jenny Jonckheer said: 'Oliver Balicao was a nurse at the John Radcliffe and as such, he was in a particular position of trust. In our society it is essential that a vulnerable patient enters a hospital knowing that they are in a safe environment and that their best interests are at the very essence of a caring environment.

'This defendant took full advantage of their vulnerability and exposed two young people to a terrifying ordeal. We are satisfied that his actions have been met with the full weight of the law and that justice has been served.

'We praise the two victims for their courage in bringing these matters to the attention of the police and the court and hope that todays outcome can help bring closure for them.'