Worker on trial for sex assault

A healthcare worker is on trial accused of sexually assaulting an elderly woman in a Scarborough care home.

Alvin Bravo, 39, of Caledonia Street, denies two counts of sexual assault.

Bravo, who Leeds Crown Court heard had previously worked at Scarborough Hospital as a healthcare assistant and is a registered nurse in his home country, had been employed at the care home for less than two weeks before the allegations were made last year.

He is alleged to have entered the woman’s room alone before carrying out the assault.

In a statement read to the court by prosecutor Patrick Palmer, a nurse at the home described the moment the alleged victim, who was described as “chronically ill” and “bed bound”, first claimed to have been the victim of a sexual assault.

“The buzzer of her room went off,” the nurse said. “A male member of staff asked me to accompany him to check.

“On entering it was immediately obvious she was very distressed.

“Her shaking was very violent.

“When asked she said ‘a gentleman has been rough with me and has jabbed me and I do not want him in here any more.’”

The worker described the alleged victim as a “lovely lady” with whom she could have a conversation.

After the woman made the allegations, the police were called and Bravo was immediately suspended.

The person who ran the care home at the time gave evidence in person.

She said it was understood that two staff members should be present when intimate procedures were carried out on residents, although there was not a written policy.

Taryn Turner, defending, said that records existed where intimate procedures had been carried out and a care sheet had only been signed by one person.

The manager replied: “We work with carers who are very diligent and caring but do not always remember to sign every little bit of paper.”

The manager added that in 10 years in the profession, they had never known it to be acceptable for a nurse of any gender to carry out intimate tasks on their own. Expert defence witness Dr Alister Irving said the alleged victim had a history of constipation.

He added that after the alleged sexual assault a medical examination had not shown any injuries to the complainant, but stated that the lack of injuries did not mean that an assault had not taken place.

The care home cannot be named for legal reasons in identifying the alleged victim.

The trial continues.