11/12/2019 12:55 PM IST

Indian-Origin East London Doctor Faces Jail Time For Sexually Assaulting Over 23 Women And Girls

The doctor is said to have tricked women and girls as young as 11 for physical examinations claiming he was practicing “defensive medicine”.

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An Indian-origin doctor from East London is facing jail time for sexually assaulting 23 female patients by tricking them into getting unnecessary physical examinations. 

The Guardian reported that Manish Shah used the cases of Angelina Jolie and Jade Goody to convince patients to let him examine them, and once even left a patient naked on an examination table.  

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The report said that he would sometimes not use gloves while carrying out these examinations that he claimed was practicing “defensive medicine”.

The Independent reported that he assaulted patients as young as 11.  

PTI quoted prosecutor Kate Bex telling the jury at the Old Bailey court in London, “He took advantage of his position to persuade women to have invasive vaginal examinations, breast examinations and rectal examinations when there was absolutely no medical need for them to be conducted.”

The report said that between May 2009 and June 2013, the 50-year-old general physician assaulted six patients of the Mawney Medical Centre in east London. The jury, which acquitted him of five other charges, was told that he had already been convicted of similar allegations relating to 17 other women, bringing the total number to 23.

Judge Anne Molyneux adjourned sentencing for the latest offences until 7 February 2020.

(With PTI inputs)