Friday 20 April 2018

Patient in tears after doctor's alleged sex assault

Declan Brennan

A WOMAN has told the trial of a doctor accused of sexually assaulting two patients that she ran out of his consultation room in tears, shouting that he had touched her.

The 37-year-old man from Waterford is alleged to have touched the women's breasts during chest examinations with a stethoscope.

He has pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to two counts of sexual assault at a GP clinic in Dublin on February 19 and 20, 2013.

His trial has already heard a 23-year-old woman allege that, on his first day working as a locum in the Dublin clinic, he touched her breasts and nipples during an examination.

Yesterday the second complainant testified that, during a chest examination the following day, she thought the accused may have been sexually aroused but she wasn't certain.

Under cross-examination by the man's defence barrister, the 50-year-old woman denied that she went to the doctor with an agenda or that she knew anything about the alleged sexual assault the previous day.

She said that while the doctor was using the stethoscope on the right hand side of her chest she felt a soft and repetitive movement over the nipple area of her left breast.


She believed he was stimulating this area from over her clothing with his left hand and said she could not believe what was happening.

"I thought, this is mad. My first instinct was to jump off that couch. I stopped myself. It was very, very difficult.

"But I needed to be sure," she testified.

She said she put her hand down and found his hand cupped over her breast. At this point she jumped up off the couch and shouted, "get off me, don't touch me". She said she felt disgusted and violated and left the room in tears. In the waiting area she shouted that he had touched her sexually.

The accused followed her out of the surgery and denied that he'd done anything and told her she was making serious allegations and advised her to make a formal complaint.

Garda Paul Egan told the court that the accused categorically denied sexually assaulting either patient, saying: "I would have treated my own mother, wife, sister in the same way."

He said he has never had any allegations made against him before.

The trial before Judge Catherine Murphy and a jury of five women and seven men will enter closing stages today.

Irish Independent

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