Update: Ex-Great Ormond Street Hospital porter jailed for life after sexually assaulting young boys

Update: Ex-Great Ormond Street Hospital porter jailed for life after sexually assaulting young boys



A former Great Ormond Street Hospital porter has been jailed for life sentence over a string of sexual offences against young boys.


Paul Farrell, who worked as a porter at the world-renowned children’s hospital admitted a total of 69 offences against eight victims over a period of 35 years.



He must serve a minimum term of 18 years after admitting the offences at Wood Green Crown Court.


Farrell worked at the central London children’s hospital between 1994 and 2020. The court heard he did not target patients there, but at least two of his victims claimed they were sexually abused in rooms he had access to.


He got close with the parents of his victims and pretended to be a babysitter in order to access addresses across London.



Judge Noel Lucas QC told Farrell today he had a ‘deep-seated fixation with sexual activity with very young boys’ and that his victims ‘continue to carry the scars of what you did to them’.



‘It is difficult to fully comprehend the fear, confusion and vulnerabilities your young victims must have suffered as you repeatedly used and abused them to satisfy your sexual desires,’ the judge added.


‘On the facts opened to me, I find for the whole of your adult life you have pursued your predatory interest in committing intimate sexual acts with very young boys with an all-consuming determination, irrespective of their attempts to make you desist.


‘You have gone about your predatory interest in sexual activity with young boys with a great deal of cunning and planning. You are clever.’


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