Nurse denies patient sex and threat
Tuesday 27th August 2013, 1:41PM BST.
A community psychiatric nurse has denied having sex with a patient and threatening to kill her.
John Gbla Junior is accused of twice having sex with the woman without her consent at her home.
But he told a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) misconduct hearing in central London today 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”.
It is alleged that around September 2010 Gbla went to the home of a patient – referred to 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 between September and November 2010 and 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 which did not relate to her “medical condition or treatment” 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 said he only ever gave her £40 after she revealed she was short of money.