Former Doctor Found Guilty of Sexual Assaults

Peter Russell

December 11, 2019

A former doctor was found guilty of sexually assaulting 25 of his female patients by conducting unnecessary, intrusive medical examinations.

Dr Manish Shah, 50, from Romford, Essex, took advantage of concerns about cancer in patients as young as 17 to persuade them into consenting to undergo unnecessary intimate examinations for his own sexual gratification, the Old Bailey heard.

   

Dr Manish Shah - Image Credit: Metropolitan Police

Between May 2009 and June 2013, Dr Shah assaulted six patients registered at the Mawney Medical Centre in Romford, the court was told.

He was found guilty of nine counts of sexual assault and 16 counts of sexual assault by penetration, relating to eight women, after a trial lasting 6 weeks, which concluded on 3rd December.

It can now be reported that Shah was found guilty of offences of sexual assault by penetration, and sexual assault by touching, in relation to 17 other women at an earlier trial which concluded in December 2018.

In total, the charges related to more than 20 female victims, aged in their 20s and 30s.

'No Clinical Need'

Shah recommended the patients should have regular breast and vaginal examinations, when there was no clinical need, jurors heard.

To emphasise his advice about preventing cervical and breast cancers, he cited the experiences of celebrities, including Angelina Jolie and Jade Goody who had experienced similar conditions.

The court also heard that Shah was 'overfamiliar' with some of his female patients, making inappropriate comments, hugging, and kissing them.

Shah's offending first came to light in July 2013, when four women made separate allegations that they had been sexually assaulted, the Metropolitan Police said.

That led to an investigation by NHS England who conducted a scoping exercise of all Dr Shah's female patients. Shah's medical notes raised concerns about the medical justification of the examinations he had conducted.

The police then interviewed 139 women during their enquiries.

Shah was first arrested in September 2013 in relation to four initial allegations, and further allegations were subsequently investigated.

'Trusted GP'

Acting Detective Superintendent Richard McDonagh, from Central Specialist Crime, said: "Shah was a long-serving doctor who was well-known in the community, and trusted and liked by his patients, many who had him as their GP for many years.

"They were unaware that Shah was carrying out unnecessary, invasive examinations on female patients for his own sexual gratification, after giving his victims misleading clinical advice. These offences are particularly grave due to Shah's abuse of his position, and of the trust placed in him as a family doctor."

The Metropolitan Police paid tribute to NHS England for its help in aiding a "complex, sensitive investigation" and the patients who supported the prosecution and gave evidence at both trials.

Sentencing for all the offences was postponed until 7th February 2020.

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