A NURSE jailed for sexually assaulting anaesthetised patients has launched a bid to clear his name.
Gavin Nicholson, of Washington, was jailed for eight years at Newcastle Crown Court in July, after he was convicted of three sexual assaults on women in the recovery room of the private Spire Washington Hospital.
But London’s High Court yesterday heard Nicholson is now challenging his convictions at the Court of Appeal, before he goes before a disciplinary committee of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) late next year.
Nicholson was suspended from the profession by the NMC, after the hospital received complaints from a number of female patients in 2008.
At the subsequent trial, Nicholson was found guilty of molesting three anaesthetised women as they recovered from operations, the court heard.
But Nicholson, who claimed at his trial the anaesthetics caused the women to hallucinate, has now lodged an appeal against his convictions, which his lawyers claim are “unsafe”.
No date has yet been set for the Court of Appeal to consider his challenge.
Jamie Hunt, for the NMC, said its investigation into Nicholson’s alleged wrongdoing had been delayed pending the final outcome of the criminal proceedings, and could now be put back further.