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Ambulance Driver Assaulted "Vulnerable" Women

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Ambulance Driver Assaulted "Vulnerable" Women

Wellington, Dec 4 NZPA - A psychological assessment has been ordered for an ambulance driver who admitted indecently assaulting three women in his care.

James Brent Henderson, 36, was last year found guilty on five charges but the convictions were overturned by the Court of Appeal and a retrial held.

In October Henderson pleaded guilty to three counts after prosecutors agreed to drop the other two.

A pre-sentence report said he understood his offending would harm the women and he knew it was wrong, but was unsure why he did it, the New Zealand Herald reported.

In Auckland District Court yesterday, Judge Philippa Cunningham ordered the psychological assessment as part of Henderson's sentence of nine months intensive supervision.

She said it was appropriate for him to learn what had caused him to offend.

The assaults took place while Henderson was working in Auckland during 1999.

Judge Cunningham said the victims had been "vulnerable" women needing medical treatment. Henderson had been in a position of trust and his actions had severely effected the women.

 

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