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Nottinghamshire care worker cleared of sex abuse

A former hospital worker has been cleared of sexually assaulting three women after a week-long trial at Nottingham Crown Court.

Matthew Shah, 24, of Retford, Nottinghamshire, admitted he was a "lousy" healthcare assistant, but denied assaulting three patients.

The charges related to incidents at Bassetlaw Hospital in Worksop between April and May 2010.

Mr Shah's role as care worker included cleaning and bathing patients.

'Honourable' intentions

The jury heard the women, aged 64, 84 and 88, who all suffered with dementia and incontinence, were in care homes and visited the hospital for treatment.

Mr Shah has since been dismissed as an employee of the hospital.

He told the jury he believed he "deserved to be sacked".

The prosecution had claimed his actions while cleaning his patients was "wholly improper".

Mr Shah had told the court: "My intentions were honourable. My intentions were to clean and cleanse the patients."

He said he thought of himself as a "pretty lousy healthcare assistant".

The defendant admitted he may have been "careless, clumsy and a little reckless" while carrying out his duties.