A pensioner delivery man who took advantage of the trust of vulnerable elderly patients has been convicted of a series of sexual assaults.
John Muttitt, 78, of Walnut Tree Road, Brentford, was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault at Isleworth Crown Court on April 11.
His victims, all over 85, suffered from various ailments such as Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson’s and dementia.
Muttit used to work as a delivery man for a local pharmacy and would deliver medication to patients at their homes and care homes in the Hounslow and Isleworth area.
He was advised not to enter properties and not to provide any medical advice or comment on any medical queries.
The first incident was reported to the police in July 2013 by the daughter of a woman (Victim 1) who raised concerns about an incident of sexual touching.
The victim, who is partially blind and deaf and has mobility issues, had an arrangement with Muttitt to deliver her medication and he was provided with a key code to access the house.
Muttitt entered the victim’s house and while pretending to do a medical exam, inappropriately touched her even though he had no experience or relevant qualifications.
Officers investigated the allegation with the pharmacy and he was arrested and interviewed.
He admitted touching the victim when checking her heart but denied allegations of sexual touching and he was released due to lack of evidence.
Another two “almost identical circumstances” were reported to police in August 2015.
Still working for the pharmacy, Muttitt had been delivering medicine to the second victim (Victim 2) for several months and would often go inside her house and chat for up to half an hour.
Twice the victim, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson’s and has a speech impediment and mobility issues, welcomed Muttitt into her home and he inappropriately touched her, “taking advantage of her vulnerability”.
She reported the incidents after confiding in her carer and Muttitt was arrested again for sexual touching. When Muttitt was taken into custody, it was found that another victim made an allegation of sexual touching against him.
(Victim 3), who suffers from dementia said she was grabbed and kissed while she stood at her door.
He was charged with four counts of sexual touching on July, 16, 2016.
No further allegations have been made to police.
Muttitt was convicted of two offences relating to ‘victim 1’ and ‘victim 2’.
He was found not guilty of the alleged offence involving ‘victim 3’ as the jury failed to reach a verdict in relation to an offence involving ‘victim 2’.
He will be sentenced at the same court on Friday, May 26.
PC Ben Lawrence-Smith, from Hounslow Community Safety Unit said: “Muttitt took advantage of the fact that these victims were elderly, vulnerable, and often living alone.
Due to having mobility issues the victims used a pharmacy delivery service as a way of obtaining their medication without difficulty and Muttitt abused his position of trust.
There may very well be other victims who have yet to come forward.
We know that Muttitt was delivering medication to patients in the Hounslow area between 2010 and 2015 and would urge anyone who has yet to come forward to do so.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police in Hounslow on 101 or via Twitter @MetCC
Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.