Care worker had sex with patient

A CARE worker has admitted having sex with a patient he was employed to look after in a Sheffield rehabilitation centre.

Rehmatullah Umar, aged 48, of Winn Gardens, Middlewood, pleaded guilty to having sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder and was remanded in custody while a report into his state of mind is carried out.

The married dad-of-four was working at the rehabilitation unit when he 'lost control' and had sex with a 36-year-old woman living there at the time - and who he later blamed for encouraging him.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been receiving treatment, physiotherapy and rehabilitation at the centre.

One of her symptoms was a lack of a short-term memory but when a nurse in the unit found her crying in her bedroom she was able to recall what had happened and give a description of the culprit.

Tests were carried out the following day DNA evidence showed Umar had had sex with the woman.

Elizabeth Martin, prosecuting, said despite her memory problems the victim remembered screaming at Umar to get off her.

After the DNA results Umar admitted the offence to police but blamed his victim for encouraging him.

Ms Martin said: "He suggested that the woman had instigated advances and acknowledged that, despite his position of trust, he had lost control.

"He went as far as suggesting that the woman had thanked him as he left the room.

"He firmly and squarely put the blame on her."

But Umar's barrister Christopher Attwooll said he no longer wanted to blame his victim. He said he had been suffering from a mental disorder at the time.

He said he had become abusive towards his disabled wife and his children and his sex drive had increased. He said Umar had checked himself into hospital for diagnosis and treatment.

He said he left his job after the attack and went back home to Pakistan, but on his return he agreed to give a DNA sample when asked by police.

He said his client could easily have remained abroad to evade justice.

Mr Attwooll said the victim had never mentioned the incident again.

He added it was "a bizarre case" and "extremely unpleasant" but stressed that Umar was 48 years old and had never done anything wrong in his life before.

He said: "He is in mental turmoil - he cannot understand how after 48 years he could simply have lost control in the way he did and commit this extremely distasteful offence."

Judge Alan Goldsack QC, Recorder of Sheffield, ordered a psychiatric report after reading that one doctor's review of him noted that the defendant claimed to have had sexual fantasies about his victim and other people in the rehabilitation unit before he struck.

The judge described it as "a troubling and difficult case" and adjourned the case for sentencing.


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