Chichester hospital worker charged with raping patient

A healthcare assistant has been charged with raping a female patient at a hospital in West Sussex.

Sajin Panikkassery, 29, is charged with four counts of sexual assault and one of rape at St Richard's Hospital, Chichester on 10 January, say police.

Mr Panikkassery, who worked at the hospital, is due to appear before Worthing magistrates on Monday.

The patient, aged in her 20s, is receiving help and support and is no longer at the hospital.

Sussex Police said it was receiving full co-operation from Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust.

The trust said Mr Panikkassery would not be working while the court proceedings took place.

Police have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

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