Darren Snow Defends Client on Sexual Assault Allegations

At the Nursing & Midwifery Council

Published: 12th June 2024

Darren Snow, instructed by Zach Jones of the Royal College of Nursing Legal Team, defended a nurse before the NMC Fitness to Practice Panel in respect of multiple allegations of sexual assault against a patient and colleague.

The allegations spanned between 2012 and 2017. Darren’s client had been initially cleared in a 2012 hospital investigation and then acquitted of all charges in a crown court trial.

The Nursing & Midwifery Council then instigated fitness to practice proceedings culminating in a hearing in May 2024, by which time the allegations were all very old and the NMC case relied upon witnesses who had already given evidence in the crown court trial where the jury had found the nurse not guilty.

The defence team were able to use transcripts from the crown court trial as well as documents from the original hospital investigation to demonstrate the unreliability of the evidence, inconsistencies in the witness accounts and secure the exclusion of significant hearsay material on grounds of unfairness.

All charges were dismissed by the Fitness to Practice Panel hearing the case.