GP faces jail for series of sexual assaults on female patients

Shah denied wrongdoing

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

A GP has been found guilty of multiple sex offences against female patients after carrying out unnecessary intimate examinations for his own sexual gratification.

Dr Manish Shah preyed on cancer concerns of patients as young as 11, using celebrity cases to instil them with fear and persuade them to undergo the checks.

He was today found guilty of 25 sexual offences against six victims over five years at the Mawney Medical Centre.

Shah had alread been convicted of similar allegations relating to 17 other women, bringing the total number of victims to 23.

The 50-year-old from Romford looked down at his lap at the Old Bailey as the jury delivered the majority verdicts after 26 hours of deliberations.

Prosecutor Kate Bex QC told jurors that Shah played on the women’s fear of cancer, with some being particularly vulnerable because of their young age or because of their family history of the disease.

Ms Bex said: “Fear is an incredible motivator and few health concerns are scarier than cancer. Dr Shah exploited that and used it for his own personal gratification.”

She told jurors the defendant demonstrated a pattern of “sexualised” behaviour, giving patients hugs and kisses, and telling them they were “special”.

Jurors heard how Shah used the news story about Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie having a preventative mastectomy as he asked a woman if she would like him to examine her breasts.

The court was also told how he would not always wear gloves and left one patient entirely naked on an examination table.

Shah denied wrongdoing and his barrister Zoe Johnson QC told jurors he was a “cautious, insecure, perhaps at times incompetent GP”.

She also argued that Shah’s previous conviction did not necessarily make for a case of “once a sex offender always a sex offender”.

Shah is set to be sentence on February 7 2020.

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