Thursday 26 April 2018

Doctor 'placed mobile phone with camera in changing room' to spy on female colleagues

Dr Gareth Menagh leaving the Laganside Courts.
Dr Gareth Menagh leaving the Laganside Courts.

Christopher Woodhouse

This is the Peeping Tom doctor awaiting the decision of a medical watchdog hearing after he spied on two female colleagues at Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital.

Dr Gareth Christopher Menagh, 33, appeared before a General Medical Council hearing last week in a case directly linked to his criminal conviction for spying on two female colleagues at the RVH.

Children’s doctor Menagh was found guilty of using a hidden phone camera to spy on the two women for his sexual gratification.

He was fined £6,000 at Belfast Crown Court in September 2014 - £2,000 on each of the charges.

But Menagh, who had an address in Newtownards, continued to work as a doctor and is understood to be working as a locum at hospitals in Shropshire.

The Queen’s University graduate went before a panel held by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, part of the General Medical Council, in Manchester on Friday.

The hearing was held in private due to the sensitive nature of the details in the case with its decision due to be heavily redacted to protect the victims’ identities.

A judgment announcing whether Menagh, who previously worked as a paediatrician in Belfast and Coleraine, is impaired from practicing as a doctor is due to be published today.

Menagh was found guilty of making covert recordings of two of his female colleagues between September 2010 and January 2011.

He placed a mobile phone with a camera in an overnight changing room at the RVH on three occasions to capture the women getting undressed.

When interviewed by police he claimed that he didn’t know the phone was recording and that he had left it there after getting changed in the room himself.

Before his case went before the courts he moved to the Causeway Hospital in Coleraine where he continued to practise but under strict conditions imposed by the GMC.

Menagh set up his own Lancashire registered company, GCM Locums Ltd in 2013.

Belfast Telegraph

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