Romford GP convicted of sexually assaulting patients

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A former GP in Romford has been found guilty of sexually assaulting four women over a four year period.

Manish Shah, 53, was convicted of 25 counts of sexual assault on Wednesday, December 14 at the Old Bailey.

The court heard that over a four year period from 2009 to July 2013, Shah took advantage of his position of trust as a Medical General Practitioner to persuade women to have invasive examinations when there was no medical need for them, doing this for his own sexual gratification.

Each victim reported a similar pattern of behaviour against Shah. Explaining that he seemed to be a good doctor and was friendly and caring.

Using his position and the relationship he had created with them, he convinced the victims that they would need extra examinations to explore if there was anything more serious about the minor conditions they had attended for.

None of these examinations were needed or requested by the patients themselves. He intentionally misinformed the victims that the examinations were necessary and completed them without any justification.

As well as conducting unnecessary examinations, Shah, using his position and abusing the victim’s trust, would go against protocol and not offer chaperones to join the victims during their appointments, leaving them alone with him to carry out these acts.

Commander Kevin Southworth, said: “The impact these crimes have on victims will stay with them for the rest of their lives. I encourage anyone who feels they have been a victim of sexual assault, domestic abuse or harassment to report it to police.”

The case was led by the Met’s Complex Investigation Team who liaised extensively with medical experts to establish that the improper examinations constituted a sexual offence.

Detective Chief Inspector Tariq Farooqi, said: “This conviction against an individual who is supposed to be a trusted pillar of the community, should not undermine the great work carried out by our medical professionals day in and day out.”

Shah will appear for sentencing at the same court on January 9, 2023.


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