A Nigerian-born healthcare assistant who raped a 73-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s in her nursing home bed during the Covid-19 lockdown three months ago has been jailed for 11 years at the Central Criminal Court.
Emmanuel Adeniji, 52, with an address at Royal Canal Court, Kilcock, Co Kildare, initially denied the offence to the gardaí but pleaded guilty in court.
Mr Justice Paul McDermott today described his crime as “an egregious breach of trust by a qualified and experienced healthcare worker”.
Adeniji is a trained healthcare professional who has worked in healthcare for 15 years.
At 3am on 3 April he went into the woman’s room and raped her.
Adeniji was recorded on CCTV going in and coming out of the woman’s room at the nursing home.
She was found later that morning in a distressed state by a staff member doing her rounds.
The woman was upset but coherent; gardaí were called and she made a statement.
The victim said she was in her room all the time as they were “locked in because of the virus”.
Adeniji was arrested 11 days later and denied raping the woman.
However, a DNA sample from him matched one taken from the victim.
He was charged and pleaded guilty. He has no previous convictions.
Reactions from African communities described the man as a monster.