Rapist care worker covered ‘vulnerable’ patient’s mouth to stifle screams

A care worker covered an "extremely vulnerable" patient's mouth to stop her screaming as he raped her at a home providing treatment for people with mental disorders.

Aymen Babiker, 37, was working as an agency support worker in 2018 when he led the woman into a laundry room and forced her against a counter before raping her.

Babiker held his forearm against the woman's neck and kept his hand over her mouth to "stifle her screams" during the horrific attack, Newport Crown Court heard.

He also engaged in sex acts with another resident who has a learning disability after grooming her at the facility in Wales.

Babiker was found guilty of rape and three counts of engaging in sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder and jailed for 13 years.

At a sentencing hearing, Judge Daniel Williams said: "You accompanied [a patient] to the laundry room.

"When she bent over to gather her washing you grabbed her bottom. She pushed you away and told you to 'f*** off' but you pushed her against the counter, put your forearm against her neck, and raped her.

"You put your hand over her mouth to stifle her screams."

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Judge Williams said the victim made it clear throughout the attack that she was not consenting but Babiker "pressed on regardless".

The judge said Babiker, from Cardiff, acquired the second woman's telephone number and sent her messages "affecting concern for her".

"Your only concern in fact was to abuse your position of trust to abuse her," he said.

Judge Williams said the victim was taken to the same laundry room as the first woman and had sex with Babiker.

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The judge said the victim felt "awkward, anxious and scared" by the experience and cried for several hours when she returned to the ward.

Lawrence Jones, prosecuting, said the statement of the first of Babiker's victims showed how she has "struggled in the aftermath" of being raped by the defendant.

He said: "She had hope for a happy future. She has come to the realisation that she has been raped by someone who was meant to take care of her and she has found that soul-destroying."

In a statement, the second victim said: "I want you to know the pain and suffering you have caused me through this entire process.

"You took advantage of me. You were supposed to be someone I can trust."

The woman said she was groomed on social media by Babiker who "promised me things that [he] never intended to give me".

"Once you started having sex with me I wanted you to stop," she said.

"Although I did not tell you to stop I want you to know that I was afraid. I felt really awkward and that I was put into this position by you."

Babiker was jailed for 13 years for the rape and six years for each of the three other offences, to run concurrently.

Judge Williams said Babiker would have to serve at least two-thirds of his sentence before being considered for release on licence.

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