Male nurse denies 'inappropriate behaviour' with patient

PUBLISHED: 10:44 28 February 2006 | UPDATED: 09:42 06 May 2010

A YOUNG brunette broke down as she told how a male nurse tried to have sex with her in a hospital linen cupboard at a mental health unit where she was a patient. The 24-year-old woman, who has been identified only by the initial A , told a disciplinary h

A YOUNG brunette broke down as she told how a male nurse tried to have sex with her in a hospital linen cupboard at a mental health unit where she was a patient.

The 24-year-old woman, who has been identified only by the initial "A", told a disciplinary hearing on Friday: "He pulled me towards him, started kissing me and put his hands under my top."

The hearing before the Nursing and Midwifery Council professional conduct committee was told that Denford Kasinganeti, 32, from Stevenage, worked at the QE2 Hospital, Welwyn Garden City, when the alleged incident occurred.

Mr Kasinganeti denies pursuing an inappropriate personal and sexual relationship.

The hearing was told that Ms A, who was studying for a degree, had been admitted to the hospital on numerous occasions suffering from depression and incidents of self harm.

She said that on the day of the linen cupboard incident she had gone to the hospital after being urged to attend by police who were worried about her condition.

She said she went to the nurses' office in the early hours of the morning and saw Mr Kasinganeti.

"He was asking me about how I was generally. He said he'd like to see me at some point - he basically asked me out. I was shocked and flattered," said Ms A.

"I wanted to go to bed, so I asked if I could have some pyjamas. I followed him to the linen cupboard, a walk-in cupboard which wasn't very big.

"Mr Kasinganeti opened it, walked in, I followed him and he pulled me towards him and started kissing .I responded, kissing him. At that time of my life I thought I'd always be by myself."

However, she said she told him they would be caught. She said she had wanted to tell someone about it but did not think she would be believed.

Later she said Mr Kasinganeti had gone to her bed and said goodnight and she had given him her telephone number.

She said that Mr Kasinganeti had visited her flat five or six times after the initial incident in April 2002 and "almost always had sex".

Ms A added: "He was wary of going out in the locale because he knew he was having a relationship with a patient."

She emphatically denied initially meeting Mr Kasinganeti in a pub, saying: "We met in the mental health unit."

The hearing has now been adjourned for a date to be fixed later in the year for Mr Kasinganeti to give evidence.

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