A Zimbabwean mental health nurse has been banned from practicing in the United Kingdom after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting a lone woman.

Lloyd Moyo (48) attacked the woman in September 2017 before being arrested a few weeks later. He denied the charge against him but was convicted at Glasgow Sheriff Court in May 2019.

He was handed an 18 month community payback order and referred to the Scottish Government under the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Act.

Moyo, who lives in Kirkcaldy, Fife, has now been struck off by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The nurse admitted that his fitness to practise was impaired due to his conviction but continued to deny carrying out the assault, which involved a woman who was known to him.

The nursing watchdog said that Moyo’s actions had “brought the medical profession into disrepute” and he had displayed “limited insight” into the impact of his behaviour on his victim.

“The panel found that you have brought the medical profession into disrepute. The panel was of the view that although the matters which gave rise to your conviction did not relate to your nursing practice, during clinical practice you will likely come into close contact with female patients and colleagues.

“The panel considered that were this to occur, such patients and colleagues may be put at risk by such behaviours and could be caused physical and emotional harm. 

“The panel therefore decided that a finding of impairment is necessary on the grounds of public protection. The panel concluded that your actions giving rise to your conviction and the seriousness of this case amounted to significant departures from the standards expected of a registered nurse, and are fundamentally incompatible with you remaining on the register.