Tuesday 26 September 2017

Doctor denies fondling teen girl in surgery after she complained of chest infection

Dr Kevin Mulcahy of Lombardstown, Mallow, Co Cork
Dr Kevin Mulcahy of Lombardstown, Mallow, Co Cork
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A THIRTEEN-year-old girl claimed her breasts were fondled by a GP after she attended his clinic complaining of the flu and a suspected chest infection.

Dr Kevin Mulcahy (56) denied the indecent assault in his Cork surgery 25 years ago.

The complainant, who cannot be named, told a Cork Circuit Criminal Court jury that she recalled her breasts being fondled for some time between five and 10 minutes.

Dr Mulcahy, of Lombardstown, Mallow, Co Cork, denies a single charge of indecent assault.

The charge relates to a date unknown between September 1, 1989 and June 22, 1990.

The incident is alleged to have occurred at his surgery in Strand Street, Kanturk, Co Cork.

The jury of 11 men and one woman heard that when gardai put the complaint to the doctor, he insisted he had no recollection of the complainant.

Judge Sean O'Donnabhain and the jury were told the girl was complaining of feeling unwell at the time.

She had attended Dr Mulcahy's surgery accompanied by her mother. She went to the surgery on her own some days later for a follow-up examination.

The complainant told the trial that when she arrived the only person she could see in the surgery was the GP, who proceeded with the check-up.

The complainant said she was taken into the examination room and the door was closed.

"He asked me to take off my top and my bra. I sat sideways on the examination bench and he sat behind me. He rubbed my back. He put his hands under my arms and put his hands on my breasts," she said.

"He fondled and massaged my breasts. It seemed like five or 10 minutes. His breathing got heavier and deeper. That is all I could hear."

Dr Mulcahy told Det Gda Colman Murphy, when the complaint was first brought to his attention three years ago, that he had no recollection of the alleged event or the identity of the complainant.

He said he had no memory of the girl.

In a later statement, he expressed concern over the specific nature of the complaint levelled against him. Dr Mulcahy insisted that the claim was absolutely without basis.

The trial will resume today.

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