A former diplomat exposed himself to a colleague during a two-year ‘onslaught’ of s3xual harassment, a tribunal heard.
Chukwuma Igbokwe, 46, grabbed Vanessa Turley from behind and thrust himself towards her before exposing himself and asking her to perform a s3x act, it was claimed.
The former Consul to the UK of the Republic of Niger is accused of bullying and harassing his junior colleague in his role as director of St Luke’s Healthcare group.
Mrs. Turley, 42, was allegedly subjected to an ‘onslaught of s3xual innuendo’ and verbal abuse when she worked with Igbokwe at a private hospital in Ebbw Vale, south Wales, between March 2008 and July 2010.
She told the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service how she quit her job and took legal action to stop Igbokwe when she realised she may not be his only victim.
Referred to as ‘Mrs. A’ during the current proceedings, she told the panel she felt the police did not take her seriously when she complained, but was vindicated when she won an employment tribunal against her former bosses last year.
She said: “It was never about the money. It was about proving to people what he was like as a person and what he put me through.”
“I was trying to stop him doing it to other females because in my eyes, he had no respect at all no matter what your position in the company. It was a conquest.”
One of the charges against Igbokwe relates to a ‘Mayor’s ball’ held in his honour in his role as Niger’s Consul to the UK in November 2009 when he made a s3xual innuendo towards her.
He then thrust himself against her, told her to sit down, exposed his privates and gestured to her to perform a s3x act.
“He touched me on a previous occasion, but the actual grabbing was the same time when he exposed himself and actually grabbed me from behind,” said Mrs. Turley.
She said he was aggressive and rude to her, asking her to make his tea.