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Doctor sues after drunken driver poured urine on him

A DOCTOR claims he suffered post traumatic stress after a man being tested by him for drunken driving poured a urine specimen over his head.

Dr Athtkar Mansoor (67) also fears he may have contracted a disease after the urine fell into his mouth and eyes, the High Court heard.

Despite assurances he had not contracted Hepatitis or Aids,and inconclusive tests, he still feared he may have contracted a disease, he says.

As a Muslim, cleanliness is very important, he said.

A psychiatrist told the court that because there was nowhere in Ireland for Dr Mansoor to go for treatment for the stress he suffered, he had been advised to go to Pakistan where the Mullahs would be able to make him feel uncontaminated.

Dr Mansoor of the Medical Centre, Kilbeggan Bridge, Tullamore, Co Offaly, said he was completely shocked by the assault on March 20, 2002, at Tullamore Garda Station.

A native of Pakistan who has worked in Ireland since 1978, Dr Mansoor has brought his action against the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform and the Attorney General who deny the claims.

The hearing opened yesterday before Mr Justice Vivian Lavan and continues today.

Outlining the case, John Shortt, for Dr Mansoor, said the man who threw the urine over him, Declan Foran, of Rahan, Tullamore, had been convicted of drunken driving and also for assault for the urine incident.

Counsel said it was their case the sole garda present, when the urine sample was provided, should not have allowed Foran to carry the specimen container. That was a breach of the proper protocol and two gardai should have been present when the specimen was being taken.

In evidence, Dr Mansoor said he was sitting at a table when Mr Foran poured the urine over him. Mr Foran referred to him as a "Black and Tan".

Dr Mansoor said he was "terribly humiliated and disgusted." The urine "fell straight into my eyes". "I had my mouth partly open and it went into my body and into my shoes."

The hearing continues.