Filipino man found guilty of rape gets 9 years in British Court
Photo source: Thames Valley Police
Oliver Balicao (pictured above), a 37-year-old Pinoy nurse, who had been found guilty of raping a 17-year-old girl in Oxford in 2004 last month was sentenced to 9 years in prison at a hearing in Reading yesterday 6 December 2010.
Balicao, from Bicester in Oxfordshire, was found guilty at Reading Crown Court and appeared later for sentencing.
Balicao, who was a nurse at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford at the time of the offense, was also found guilty on 4 November of sexually assaulting a 22-year-old woman in 2002.
These two offenses are the latest to come to light, the victims in the latest case only came forward after Balicao had been convicted and sentenced to 16 months over two years ago for a sexual assault involving non-consensual sex with a teenage girl patient on drugs. This offense also happened at the John Radcliffe Hospital where he worked. They saw the photo of Balicao in the local papers and reported these to the police.
Although a Filipino by birth, Balicao has UK citizenship, so as the laws stand at the moment he cannot be deported, however, when released he will be on the sex offenders register and will be prevented from working as a nurse or with children or other vulnerable people.
Living in Bicester, Balicao has 2 children.
Det Con Lucinda Bevan, investigating the incident, said; “Balicao was in a position of trust in his role as a nurse, and on both occasions, he abused this trust and exploited his victims’ vulnerability.
“The victims have bravely gone through the ordeal of giving evidence, several years after the incidents happened. “This is a fantastic result and all credit must be given to both victims for having the courage and tenacity to come forward, and not only make the complaint, but see it through to the end, which has been an extremely difficult and traumatic time.”
Elaine Strachan-Hall, Chief Nurse for the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust said; "It is really important to us that people feel safe when they come to hospital. Nurses hold a position of trust with patients and when that trust is seen to be broken, we know patients feel vulnerable and afraid. We want to reassure patients that actions of this kind are extremely rare in healthcare settings. Anyone who is concerned about their care should speak to the matron in charge or another senior member of staff.
“We offer our profound apologies for the actions of this individual and we offer our sincerest sympathy to both the victims of these offences and to the victim of the previous offence committed in our hospital by Oliver Balicao in 2007. His behaviour was unacceptable for any nurse in any circumstances. Disciplinary action was taken after his conviction in 2007 and Oliver Balicao is no longer able to work as a nurse because his name has been removed from the Register by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.”
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