Police fear groper Basilio Vaz attacked many more women

Hospital worker jailed for groping scores of women

Hospital worker jailed for groping scores of women

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author Exclusive by , Crime Reporter

A SOUTHAMPTON hospital cleaner who embarked on a “campaign of sexual assaults” against women both at work and on city buses has been jailed for four years.

Basilio Vaz pleaded guilty to 11 counts of sexual assault within just a two-month period, targeting women at Southampton General Hospital where he worked, and strangers on buses, including teenagers.

Southampton Crown Court heard how his victims were left feeling frightened, scared and some in need of counselling after the 43-year-old groped and stroked them without warning.

The court also heard how Vaz had admitted to touching women since he was 16 years old, including children as young as 13.

Judge Peter Henry said there were many “troubling aspects” to his persistent campaign of sexual assaults, which continued even after his release on bail, and branded Vaz a serious risk.

Prosecutor Eleanor Fargin told the court that Vaz first struck in February this year when he touched the thigh of a 17-year-old student who was waiting alone at a bus stop.

On February 27 he assaulted a 33-year-old woman, who was on an almost empty bus, sitting close to her before stroking her thigh, leaving her feeling “dirty”.

Just 24 hours later he struck again on another bus, moving his hands to the inside of a 16-year-old’s thigh, trying again when she pushed him away.

The next two assaults happened on his first day at work as a cleaner for Medirest at Southampton General Hospital in March, first touching the bottom of a fellow cleaner who was helping him and then brushing the thigh and bottom of another cleaner having followed her into a cupboard.

Just three days later he touched the thigh of one nurse and the bottom of another while in lifts with them, before rubbing the back of another hospital employee as she showed him to the cleaning cupboard on a ward.

He also rubbed the groin area of a hospital assistant, who he followed into a cupboard, but when she pushed past to get away he followed her and did it again.

He was arrested and bailed that same day for several of the assaults but just three days after appearing at court he targeted two 17-year-olds.

The first was on a bus when he sat next to her and rubbed up and down her leg, before assaulting another, who was at a bus stop, by rubbing her leg and touching her bottom at least twice, leaving her in tears.

In mitigation, Andy Houston told the court that Vaz, who had arrived in the UK last June from Goa, was sexually inexperienced and had touched his victims over their clothing.

Judge Peter Henry said: “This is a campaign of sexual assaults. You targeted females in circumstances in which they found themselves vulnerable and you have taken advantage of them.”

Vaz was sentenced to four years for one count and 16 months for the other ten, to run concurrently. He was also placed on the sex offenders’ register and will be on licence for four years on release.

A spokesman for University Hospital South-ampton said that Vaz was immediately apprehended by security when the first report was made and was held until police arrived.

They added: “We would remind staff they should report any instances of inappropriate behaviour to the security team as a matter of urgency to ensure appropriate action can be taken at the earliest possible opportunity.”

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2:13pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Kirsty666 says...

Don't we love society these days....
Don't we love society these days.... Kirsty666
  • Score: 1

2:30pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Mary80 says...

If he tried to touch me i'd break his friggin' arm, keep your hands to yourself lest you lose one
If he tried to touch me i'd break his friggin' arm, keep your hands to yourself lest you lose one Mary80
  • Score: 0

2:37pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Saintly Sam says...

And no mention if deportation???

Do we really need to allow people into this country to be cleaners, don't we have enough unemployed folk to do these jobs?
And no mention if deportation??? Do we really need to allow people into this country to be cleaners, don't we have enough unemployed folk to do these jobs? Saintly Sam
  • Score: 31

4:08pm Sat 19 Jul 14

IronLady2010 says...

The court also heard how Vaz had admitted to touching women since he was 16 years old, including children as young as 13.

He's 43 now! How many has he touched over the years, what a vile creature!
The court also heard how Vaz had admitted to touching women since he was 16 years old, including children as young as 13. He's 43 now! How many has he touched over the years, what a vile creature! IronLady2010
  • Score: 16

5:36pm Sat 19 Jul 14

sandra waller says...

well done ,very brave , to the ladies that came forward after being assauleted. well done to our police regards sandra waller
well done ,very brave , to the ladies that came forward after being assauleted. well done to our police regards sandra waller sandra waller
  • Score: 12

7:10pm Sat 19 Jul 14

IronLady2010 says...

Saintly Sam wrote:
And no mention if deportation???

Do we really need to allow people into this country to be cleaners, don't we have enough unemployed folk to do these jobs?
If other countries advertise jobs here, it clearly shows 'our own' would rather make babies and sit on the dole.

People only come here to work, if 'our own' did the jobs there would be no reason for them to come here.

But, it's easy to blame those who are different to ourselves, wether they be European or Asian or whatever. If some of our own workshy people got off their lazy backsides maybe, just maybe we wouldn't see so many coming to take the jobs us 'our own' people won't do.
[quote][p][bold]Saintly Sam[/bold] wrote: And no mention if deportation??? Do we really need to allow people into this country to be cleaners, don't we have enough unemployed folk to do these jobs?[/p][/quote]If other countries advertise jobs here, it clearly shows 'our own' would rather make babies and sit on the dole. People only come here to work, if 'our own' did the jobs there would be no reason for them to come here. But, it's easy to blame those who are different to ourselves, wether they be European or Asian or whatever. If some of our own workshy people got off their lazy backsides maybe, just maybe we wouldn't see so many coming to take the jobs us 'our own' people won't do. IronLady2010
  • Score: 0

8:16pm Sat 19 Jul 14

I just want to say.... says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
The court also heard how Vaz had admitted to touching women since he was 16 years old, including children as young as 13. He's 43 now! How many has he touched over the years, what a vile creature!
According to his solicitor, he was sexually inexperienced.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: The court also heard how Vaz had admitted to touching women since he was 16 years old, including children as young as 13. He's 43 now! How many has he touched over the years, what a vile creature![/p][/quote]According to his solicitor, he was sexually inexperienced. I just want to say....
  • Score: 1

9:04pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Mr Cynical says...

Cut his balls off, deport him, then send them back to him. I've got a stamp.
Cut his balls off, deport him, then send them back to him. I've got a stamp. Mr Cynical
  • Score: 1

9:29pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

Can He speak English !
Can He speak English ! Fatty x Ford Worker
  • Score: 1

11:18pm Sat 19 Jul 14

sass says...

Indian men believe themselves to be superior to women. I blame their mothers.
Indian men believe themselves to be superior to women. I blame their mothers. sass
  • Score: 8

10:06am Sun 20 Jul 14

Charlie Bucket says...

Usual racist nonsense from the hard-of-thinking majority. He's a vile pervert, his race has sod all to do with it.
Usual racist nonsense from the hard-of-thinking majority. He's a vile pervert, his race has sod all to do with it. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 6

12:41pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Pobinr says...

Send him bacl to Goa
Send him bacl to Goa Pobinr
  • Score: 3

3:26pm Sun 20 Jul 14

Pobinr says...

I thought that we had some choice in who comes here from outside the EU. Why was he let in ?
& why isn't he going to be booted out?
I thought that we had some choice in who comes here from outside the EU. Why was he let in ? & why isn't he going to be booted out? Pobinr
  • Score: 4

11:50pm Sun 20 Jul 14

beiroot says...

Nothing t do with his race......but clearly he has arrived in this country solely to assault females. In fact I wouldn't be surprised that his job is just a front to have access to females to carry out his disgusting activities. Is it racist to not want to import these type of people?
Nothing t do with his race......but clearly he has arrived in this country solely to assault females. In fact I wouldn't be surprised that his job is just a front to have access to females to carry out his disgusting activities. Is it racist to not want to import these type of people? beiroot
  • Score: 3

12:33am Mon 21 Jul 14

Saint1980 says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
Saintly Sam wrote:
And no mention if deportation???

Do we really need to allow people into this country to be cleaners, don't we have enough unemployed folk to do these jobs?
If other countries advertise jobs here, it clearly shows 'our own' would rather make babies and sit on the dole.

People only come here to work, if 'our own' did the jobs there would be no reason for them to come here.

But, it's easy to blame those who are different to ourselves, wether they be European or Asian or whatever. If some of our own workshy people got off their lazy backsides maybe, just maybe we wouldn't see so many coming to take the jobs us 'our own' people won't do.
If you came down from your pedestal into the real world you would see plenty of "our own" would be more than willing to do the job but weren't fortunate enough to get it. Are you saying English people are lazy breeders who want free handouts??? Racist c£w
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saintly Sam[/bold] wrote: And no mention if deportation??? Do we really need to allow people into this country to be cleaners, don't we have enough unemployed folk to do these jobs?[/p][/quote]If other countries advertise jobs here, it clearly shows 'our own' would rather make babies and sit on the dole. People only come here to work, if 'our own' did the jobs there would be no reason for them to come here. But, it's easy to blame those who are different to ourselves, wether they be European or Asian or whatever. If some of our own workshy people got off their lazy backsides maybe, just maybe we wouldn't see so many coming to take the jobs us 'our own' people won't do.[/p][/quote]If you came down from your pedestal into the real world you would see plenty of "our own" would be more than willing to do the job but weren't fortunate enough to get it. Are you saying English people are lazy breeders who want free handouts??? Racist c£w Saint1980
  • Score: 7

2:00pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Hastagger says...

#SCUM
#DEPORT
#SCUM #DEPORT Hastagger
  • Score: 3

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