Page last updated at 13:25 GMT, Wednesday, 1 July 2009 14:25 UK

Carer admits pensioner sex attack

High Court in Edinburgh
The High Court in Edinburgh heard the woman had suffered internal injuries

A male carer at an Edinburgh nursing home carried out a serious sex assault on an infirm 76-year-old woman as she held on to her walking frame.

The distressed victim later told another employee that Joseph Sinja had "done things her husband wouldn't do".

Sinja, 32, admitted carrying out the attack on 26 April this year, when he appeared at the High Court in the city.

He is due to be sentenced later but the Kenyan national was warned he could be deported.

Advocate depute Alex Prentice QC told the court: "The victim describes feeling dirty and sick as a result of the incident and that the accused had done something to her that her husband had never done.

"Her age makes the offence particularly distressing and embarrassing to her and any mention of it causes extreme upset," he said.

This is a case in which I may recommend a deportation order may be made against you
Lord Kinclaven
High Court in Edinburgh

The prosecutor told the court that the woman, who has suffered strokes, irregular heart rhythm and reduced mobility, remains at the home run by Edinburgh City Council, but is now treated by female carers only.

Sinja, who was allowed into Britain on a student visa, was employed as an assistant at the home through Family Circle Care Ltd, which provided the agency staff.

Mr Prentice said: "Male carers are authorised to provide intimate care to female residents if the residents do not choose otherwise, although residents can opt for only same sex carers to carry out these tasks."

Sinja had responsibility for the area of the home where the victim was staying. She was awake in bed when he went into her room about 0900 BST to help wash and dress her.

Mr Prentice said after washing her Sinja took the partially dressed pensioner by the hand and got her to stand up and hold onto her zimmer frame, before carrying out the sex attack and leaving the room.

Blunt force

The prosecutor told the court the victim was shocked and in pain following the assault.

The victim had her lunch but a domestic assistant noticed that there was blood on the chair where she had been sitting.

The victim was seen by a doctor and was found to have injuries, including an internal graze consistent with blunt force trauma.

Lord Kinclaven told first offender Sinja that he would be remanded in custody, while sentence was deferred for background reports and a risk assessment.

He also ordered that he be placed on the sex offenders register.



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