CHURCH MIN­IS­TER ‘HAD SEX TWICE WITH A PA­TIENT ON HOME VISITS’

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By NEIL GOOD­WIN

A COM­MU­NITY nurse has de­nied hav­ing sex with a pa­tient and threat­en­ing to kill her.

Psy­chi­atric nurse John Gbla Ju­nior, who is also a pas­tor, is ac­cused of twice hav­ing sex with the woman without her con­sent.

But he told a Nurs­ing and Mid­wifery Coun­cil (NMC) mis­con­duct hear­ing in cen­tral Lon­don that he only vis­ited her once for around 10 min­utes and did not touch her.

Gbla said he was a pas­tor and prayed with pa­tients be­cause the spir­i­tual as­pect of care was “very im­por­tant”.

Screamed

It is al­leged that around Septem­ber 2010 Gbla went to the home of a pa­tient – re­ferred to only as ser­vice user A – and told her that he needed to carry out a hous­ing assess­ment.

He is ac­cused of grab­bing the woman’s arm and threat­en­ing to kill her if she screamed, be­fore hav­ing sex with her, to which she did not con­sent.

He is also said to have warned her be­fore­hand: “If you tell any­one, no-one will be­lieve you be­cause you’re a men­tal health pa­tient.”

Vivi­enne Tanchel, de­fend­ing, asked him: “Was there ever a time where you threat­ened ser­vice user A?”

“Not at all,” he replied. She went on: “Was there ever a time dur­ing the course of this visit that you told her, un­less she did what you asked her to do, you would make her life dif­fi­cult?”

“Not at all,” he replied, be­fore deny­ing that he touched her or had sex with her.

Gbla is also ac­cused of mak­ing an­other visit to the woman’s flat.

De­ported

That al­legedly came be­tween Septem­ber and Novem­ber 2010 and he is ac­cused of telling her he would kill her or have her de­ported if she did not have sex with him. The nurse de­nied that this se­cond visit ever took place, dur­ing which it is al­leged he again had sex with the pa­tient without her con­sent.

Gbla is also al­leged to have made a num­ber of tele­phone calls to the woman.

The hear­ing heard that these calls did not re­late to her “med­i­cal con­di­tion or treat­ment” and were made while he was em­ployed by the South Lon­don and Maud­s­ley NHS Foun­da­tion Trust.

He told the fit­ness

to prac­tise hear­ing that their phone con­ver­sa­tions were “all a spir­i­tual thing”.

He added: “I’m a pas­tor and also I’m one of those in the Trust that did a spe­cial course in spir­i­tu­al­ity and men­tal health care.”

Gbla ad­mit­ted giv­ing the woman a watch for her birth­day, but de­nied an ac­cu­sa­tion that he sup­plied her with £500 in cash.

He claimed that he only ever gave her £40 af­ter she told him she was short of money.

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