A paramedic has been jailed for 21 years after he raped a affected person in her own residence and sexually assaulted one other at the back of his ambulance.
Andrew Wheeler, 46, was described by the decide as a “manipulative sexual predator” and had proven an “vanity and a perception that he was untouchable and guarded” due to his paramedic’s uniform.
Wheeler was on obligation as a single crew paramedic in a speedy response automobile when he was known as to a assist a lady who had collapsed at her good friend’s home in Cambridgeshire in 2018.
When he arrived on the property it turned clear the lady was drunk, Peterborough Crown Courtroom heard.
Wheeler despatched away two different paramedics who arrived collectively in an ambulance, assuring them he had issues beneath management.
He then drove the lady to her personal home the place he raped and sexually assaulted her.
Noel Casey, prosecuting, mentioned the lady was “extraordinarily intoxicated” and was “unable to correctly reply and even resist what he did to her, and he did these items whereas she was alone in her own residence, the defendant having taken her there”.
He added: “There was a gross breach of belief.”
The girl mentioned in a sufferer impression assertion learn to the courtroom: “I’ve no religion within the NHS and I’ve prevented seeing a paramedic and attending the hospital simply due to what occurred.”
She mentioned she has flashbacks, including: “I could not deal with coping with life. I turned a recluse.”
In a separate incident in 2010, Wheeler sexually assaulted a lady affected person at the back of his ambulance.
Mr Casey mentioned: “She was affected by anaphylaxis, she was unable to breathe, she was due to this fact unable to correctly reply and even resist.
“It was additionally a gross breach of belief, the defendant being the treating ambulance technician on the day.”
Wheeler had beforehand raped the lady in 2009 on an event when she was not a affected person.
Wheeler was convicted of the rape and sexual assault of the 2 ladies after a month-long trial at Peterborough Crown Courtroom.
He was additionally discovered responsible of two counts of sexual assault of a kid beneath the age of 13 in respect of a woman who was not a affected person.
Wheeler was additionally made the topic of an indefinite Sexual Hurt Prevention Order.
Decide Matthew Lowe mentioned on Friday that Wheeler had proven “not a shred of regret”, earlier than including: “He is demonstrated that he is a manipulative sexual predator, keen to use for his personal gratification the vulnerabilities of three separate (victims).”
The decide mentioned Wheeler would by no means work as a paramedic, or in an analogous capability, once more.
Jennifer Dempster QC, mitigating, mentioned Wheeler had no earlier convictions and was somebody who has achieved a “nice deal of constructive work in his life”.