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Former nurse jailed for sexually assaulting vulnerable women

A former nurse convicted of raping and sexually assaulting vulnerable women has been jailed for life.

Vijay Bundhun who is 42, and of Tonford Lane in Canterbury was found guilty of four counts of rape and nine counts of sexual assault at Maidstone Crown Court. He's been sentenced to life imprisonment, to serve a minimum of 11 years.

Bundhun was working as a mental health nurse when he was accused of sexually assaulting a patient in her 20s.

Vijay Bundhun has been jailed for life for raping a vulnerable woman Credit: Kent Police

He had been assigned to his victim as a Community Mental Health Worker and arranged a visit with her at her home in Sittingbourne in February last year.

Once he was there, he persuaded the victim to allow him to give her a massage in order to calm her anxiety. He then pinned her to the ground and sexually assaulted her. He sexually assaulted her again while her child was in the room.

After he left, his victim told friends what had happened and the matter was reported to Kent Police. Bundhun was later arrested and his DNA was taken. Forensic evidence later revealed that his DNA was found on her body.

He also faced a charge of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl at an address in Canterbury. There were six victims in total.

"Bundhun took advantage of his victims when they were at their most vulnerable and did not feel as though they could do anything about it.

"One of his victims, in particular, felt powerless to stop Bundhun from raping and assaulting her and did not tell anyone about the incident for a long time. Their ordeals rendered their mental health treatment pointless and in fact sent them backwards in their progress.

"Bundhun's despicable actions have tainted the excellent and expert work of mental health workers all over the county.

"Despite their trauma, his victims all found the courage to come forward and report his actions and for that I commend them. Kent Police has specially trained officers to investigate sexual offences and we will always take allegations seriously and treat victims with the ultimate respect, sensitivity and compassion."

– Investigating officer, Detective Constable Rebecca Taft of Kent Police