Male Carer Denies Sexual Assault On Senile Patient

A carer at a Sheffield nursing home sexually assaulted an 81-year-old dementia patient as she lay in her own bed, a court heard.

Brian Huggins, aged 63, was found with his trousers around his ankles, touching the elderly resident’s chest beneath her nightclothes, jurors at Sheffield Crown Court were told.

Kath Goddard, prosecuting, said nurse Millie Thomas, who was working the night shift with Huggins on March 15, walked into the woman’s room at around 11.30pm to find Huggins in the “shocking” position.

The jury heard his victim suffered senile dementia and was “wholly dependant”.

Ms Goddard said Huggins, of Trenton Rise, Woodhouse, had cared for the patient on many occasions in the four years he had worked there and had helped her to bed that night.

Ms Goddard said Huggins failed to see the nurse at first but when he noticed her, he quickly pulled his trousers up and claimed that the woman was ill.

He was suspended the following day .In police interviews Huggins denied all the allegations and claimed the elderly woman had grabbed him “down below” when he went into her room to return a wheelchair.

Huggins told officers his trousers had not been around his ankles, but because of his large stomach it might have appeared that way.

He denied pulling the bedclothes back, unbuttoning the patient’s nightdress, or touching her chest.

The court heard Huggins claimed the allegations were a “malicious fabrication” made up following an argument with one of Ms Thomas’ friends and colleagues.

Huggins denies one count of sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder. The trial continues.