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Former porter at Great Ormond Street Hospital admits catalogue of sexual offences against boys

Tristan Kirk
·1 min read
<p>Great Ormond Street Hospital</p> (AFP via Getty Images)

Great Ormond Street Hospital

(AFP via Getty Images)

A former porter at Great Ormond Street Hospital has admitted a catalogue of sexual offences against six boys over the course of 35 years.

Paul Farrell, 55, has pleaded guilty to 58 child sex offences, including attempted rape and sexual assaults.

Wood Green crown court heard the offences took place between 1985 and this year, on victims now aged between eight and 43-years-old.

At least two of the victims say Farrell abused them at the world-famous hospital, though Judge Noel Lucas QC told the hearing: “This is not a case where it is alleged that Mr Farrell was targeting children at the Great Ormond Street Hospital, rather that children were abused in parts of the hospital in which he had access.”

From the dock this afternoon, Farrell pleaded guilty to 33 charges against him. He has already admitted 25 charges at an earlier hearing, while he denies a further 21 counts, including rape.

News of the case against Farrell emerged this week when the central London hospital put out a statement about a “former member of staff”.

"These are truly awful charges and we know that our hospital community, including our patient families, will have concerns or questions”, the hospital said.

“We can confirm that the individual who has been charged was dismissed from the trust and we are continuing to work closely with the police.

"Safeguarding children is fundamental to the care we provide and our policies are in line with national best practice.

"If patients, their families or colleagues raise concerns about staff there is a clear and swift process to manage these concerns when they are raised. This includes involving the police where needed."

Farrell, from Camden, will return to court for another hearing on February 5 next year.