16 Oct 2008

Former ambulance driver jailed for sex assaults

6:50 pm on 16 October 2008

A former St John Ambulance driver found guilty of sexual assaulting female patients has been jailed.

All the assaults happened during 1999, and four involved a 16-year-old school girl who was injured in a car crash and wearing her uniform at the time.

Other charges related to women who were aged 21 and 28.

At Manukau District Court on Thursday, Judge Johns described the offending as being at the high end indecencies which come before the courts.

She said the sexual assaults had caused significant effects on all three of the victims, particularly their personal relationships.

The judge jailed the man for two-and-a-half years.

Name suppression was due to lapse on Thursday, but defence lawyer Judith Ablett-Kerr, QC, requested continued interim name suppression, saying the case would be appealled.