A West Norfolk paramedic has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for sexually assaulting several women.
Colin Hakin, 52, of Grimshoe Road, Downham, was sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court on Friday after being convicted on four counts of sexual assault by a jury last month.
Passing sentence, judge Mark Lucraft said: “In each case there was an element of targeting and persistence of conduct of harassment.”
The judge also highlighted that it took “physical and emotional will” for the women to come forward.
One woman collapsed when giving evidence during the trial and one said she can no longer trust a man.
During the trial, the court heard that Hakin had pestered and molested four different women and a petition had been set up to remove him from his job with the East of England Ambulance Service.
Prosecutors argued that Hakin had a “dark side” to his character, while Hakin’s defence team accused the victims of colluding against him.
Hakin also broke down in the witness box, insisting he had not committed any of the assaults alleged against him.
During Friday’s sentencing hearing, defence barrister Caroline Allison called for a suspended sentence, because of her client’s “exemplary character”.
But, despite acknowledging the positive character references presented on his behalf, Judge Lucraft said the “serious” nature of the offences justified a prison term.
Hakin had been suspended from his job pending the outcome of the court proceedings and is now expected to face disciplinary action.