Nurse sexually assaulted woman at Hassocks nursing home

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A nurse who sexually assaulted a woman at a Hassocks nursing home, and a patient in his care, has been put on the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years.

Dhannajee Marottee, 36, of Ruskin Road in Broadwater, was arrested in July 2013 following an allegation of sexual assault against a woman who was a patient at Worthing Hospital, where he worked at the time.

In January 2014 he was charged with a sexual assault against a woman for an offence that occurred at Ladymead Nursing Home, Hassocks, in 2010. The female was applying for a job at the location.

Marottee, who worked in the A&E department at Worthing Hospital, was found guilty of both counts by a jury at Brighton Crown Court on November 27, and sentenced on December 16.

For the first offence where he was working at Worthing Hospital, he was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, and 150 hours of unpaid work.

For the second offence, where he was working at Ladymead Nursing Home, he was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, to run concurrently.

He was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register for five years.

Detective Constable Ali Hutchings said: “Marottee sexually abused patients in his care, and he abused his position of trust in the A&E department of Worthing Hospital.

“He clearly poses a threat to the public, particularly to those in a vulnerable position, and his conviction comes after his victims showed bravery and courage to come forward.”