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Citizen: Adeniji is originally from Nigeria

Citizen: Adeniji is originally from Nigeria

Citizen: Adeniji is originally from Nigeria

THE vile healthcare assistant who raped an elderly woman in her nursing home bed entered this country illegally more than two decades ago, the Sunday World can today reveal.

Sources have confirmed twisted rapist Emmanual Adeniji (52) entered the State from Nigeria without a valid visa in the year 2000 - before, shortly afterwards, lodging an application for asylum claiming he was the victim of religious persecution.

But the same sources stated that Adeniji withdrew his application before the Department of Justice had an opportunity to investigate its credibility - after becoming a father to a child born in Ireland.

"He achieved residency on the strength of having a child born to him in this country," a source said.

"So the credibility of his asylum application was never tested.

"Subsequently he was naturalised in 2012 and is now a full Irish citizen."

Despite the gravity and horrific nature of the crime for which Adeniji was jailed on Thursday, the Sunday World understands it is considered extremely unlikely he will be deported back to Nigeria once his sentence is served.

"It is theoretically possible but the reality is it is extremely unlikely his citizenship will be revoked," the source continued.

Separately, sources said authorities are now reviewing all posts Adeniji was employed in across the healthcare sector to establish whether the rape of a 73-year-old woman in a nursing home here in April was the only occasion on which he assaulted a patient. We are not naming the nursing home where the horror crime was committed out of respect to the victim and the home itself.

In a statement to this newspaper, the HSE said: "The HSE is aware of a Safeguarding Concern that occurred in a Long Term Care Facility...

"All appropriate measures have been taken in accordance with the Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults policy.

"The HSE cannot comment further in accordance with the court order."

Speaking after Adeniji was jailed for 11 years on Thursday, his victim's family described how they have been unable to comfort their mother by hugging her since the rape in April.

The woman remains terrified the man will return to her room.

Her daughter told the court: "We always said we will dread the day she loses her memory but now one day we hope she wakes up and doesn't remember."

She described how finding a nursing home for their mother had been an emotional process but said the woman had felt happy and safe in the home.

"This animal took that security away," she said. "We will never forget how that man single-handedly destroyed our mam's life," she told the court.

Adeniji pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to raping the woman in her room at 3am on April 3, 2020, at a nursing home in the east of the country.

The vile monster, with an address at Royal Canal Court, Kilcock, Co Kildare, was a healthcare worker with 15 years experience and had no previous convictions, the court heard.

He has been in custody since his arrest in April.

Mr Justice Paul McDermott noted the offence had taken place against a vulnerable elderly lady who was totally alone and helpless and was confined to her room due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

He said this was an egregious breach of trust by a qualified and experienced healthcare worker.

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Mr Justice McDermott noted a probation report showed matters of real concern to the court, including that the man had little insight of the effect of his actions on the woman and that although he accepted his actions were heinous and expressed remorse it was felt it lacked depth beyond vocalisation.

He took into account that Adeniji had entered an early guilty plea and had otherwise led a blameless and hard-working life.

Mr Justice McDermot imposed 12 years' imprisonment and suspended the final year on strict conditions.

The court heard how gardai were alerted after the elderly woman was found in a distressed state the following morning by another member of staff and said she had been raped by the accused.

Adeniji was arrested on April 14 and denied the allegation of rape.

A DNA sample from the accused was found to be a match for the semen found on the woman.

A consultant psychiatrist treating the woman said the offences have had a very big effect on her. A report described how she never feels safe and is constantly looking over her shoulder.

The woman has had a relapse of a depressive disorder, suffers from appetite disturbance and nightmares.

She has had an acute stress reaction, is hyper vigilant and constantly fearful. She is suffering with post-traumatic stress.

Sean Gillane SC, prosecuting, said the DPP places this offence in the highest category on the scale.

Irish Independent