Sunday 25 August 2019

Doctor (59) cleared of sexually assaulting young female patient

Dr Michael Obrowski was acquitted yesterday Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Cork Courts
Dr Michael Obrowski was acquitted yesterday Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Cork Courts

Ralph Riegel

An American-Polish doctor has been acquitted on a charge of sexually assaulting a female patient in 2012.

Dr Michael Obrowski (59) was found not guilty of the single charge before Judge Sean Ó Donnabháin and a Cork Circuit Criminal Court jury after a two-day trial.

He was acquitted by majority jury verdict.

Dr Obrowski, formerly of Corabbey Court, Midleton, Co Cork, had vehemently denied the claim and insisted the incident complained of had never happened.

When the trial opened, the young woman said she wished to withdraw her complaint and now wanted to "close the chapter" on the matter.

However, she agreed to give sworn evidence as the prosecution outlined its case.

She claimed she had attended Dr Obrowski complaining of stomach pains on March 29, 2012.

The young woman said the doctor proceeded to examine her breasts and performed both an internal vaginal and rectal examination. "He told me to lie down on the floor. He did a vaginal examination and a rectal examination with no reason," she said.

Defence counsel, Donal O'Sullivan BL, challenged the complainant's recollection of events. He said the offence could not have occurred on the date specified because the surgery was closed to allow for refurbishment work.

Dr Obrowski pointed out that he could not examine patients in a prone or low-lying position due to a severe and long-standing back condition.

Irish Independent

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