UK: Zimbabwean charged with raping mentally ill patient

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A care worker at an NHS psychiatric unit has been charged with raping a young female patient, the BBC has reported.

Charged…Bester Mashayamombe

                                                      Charged…Bester Mashayamombe

The alleged attack happened at the Glenbourne unit, part of the Derriford Hospital site in Plymouth.

Bester Mashayamombe, 50, from Plymouth, who is also accused of sexual assault by touching, is due to appear before Plymouth magistrates on 7 October.

Plymouth Community Healthcare, which runs the unit, said it was “actively contributing” to the investigation.

The unit cares for up to 46 patients with serious mental health disorders.

It has previously been criticised for standards of care but in its latest inspection report in September 2013, the Care Quality Commission found the unit was doing well.

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