Former GP Jailed for Life for Sex Assaults on 24 Female Patients

Peter Russell

February 07, 2020

A doctor who conned women into unnecessary intimate medical examinations has been sentenced to life for sexual assaults on 24 female patients.

The offences took place over 5 years between 2009 and 2013.

Manish Shah, 50, from Romford, east London, had already been found guilty of 65 offences of sexual assault by penetration, and sexual assault by touching, in relation to 18 patients at a trial ending in 2018.

In a second trial, in December 2019, he was also found guilty of nine counts of sexual assault and 16 counts of sexual assault by penetration in relation to a further six patients.

   

Dr Manish Shah - Image Credit: Metropolitan Police

An Old Bailey judge in London sentenced Shah to life imprisonment and he'll serve at least 15 years before he can be considered for early release.

In a statement, Paul Goddard, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Manish Shah was a trusted family doctor, but he took advantage of that trust to abuse his female patients and then falsified their medical notes to try to justify intimate medical examinations that should not have taken place.

"The Crown Prosecution Service wishes to commend those women, who by bravely giving evidence convinced the jury of Dr Shah’s guilt."

'No Clinical Need'

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

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.

At the end of the trial in December, 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.

Editor's Note, 7th February 2020: This article was first published on December 11th 2019 and has been updated with sentencing information.

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