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Kent Police has investigated a number of serious offences against deceased females in hospital mortuary settings.


Details of Incident

Kent Police has investigated a number of serious sexual offences against females in hospital mortuary settings.

 

The Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate is leading the investigation and detectives have been carrying out extensive and complex enquiries, working with the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust and coroners service who have assisted in providing information to the investigation team. A 67-year-old man was charged with sexual offences under section 70 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and section 63 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008, and has pleaded guilty to these offences at Maidstone Crown Court on 4 November 2021.

 

Part of the investigation has been to identify victims. Specialist officers are speaking directly and privately to all those known to have been impacted by this investigation. Dedicated and specialist welfare support services is also available for those directly affected.

 

Unfortunately, this ongoing process is not a matter with which the public is able to assist. Specialist officers will speak directly and privately to all families of further victims we are able to identify as the investigation continues

If you have information that you wish to pass to the enquiry team please click the link to the Information Form below.

 

Alternatively, if you wish you can call Kent Police on 0800 051 5270.

Contact Information

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kent & Essex Serious Crime Directorate via this Public Portal or by calling 0800 051 5270.