Friday, 9 November 2012

Married GP at village surgery accused of being 'serial groper' of women over 28 years

Accused: GP Gousul Islam arrives at Sheffield Crown Court facing charges of indecent assaultA doctor who was respected in his community has been accused groping some of his female patients over the last 28 years.

A court heard how Doncaster GP Gousol Islam is alleged to have fondled the breasts of eight women and girls, stroked their thighs, performed a sex act, touched them intimately and once even exposed himself in incidents dating back to 1970.

Prosecutor Michelle Colborne claimed that during intimate examinations patients were never offered a chaperone and also claimed that he 'went beyond what was necessary'

She said at Sheffield Crown Court: 'He invited them to undress in his presence and instructed them to lie exposed on his treatment couch without a blanket or paper towel to protect their modesty. He would then wash his hands in an obsessive manner post-examination.'

The allegations relate to intimate examinations of female patients at the Lyndhurst surgery in Stainforth, Doncaster where Dr Islam, now 70, worked until 2009.

Miss Colborne added: 'He was well-liked and trusted by the local community and by his patients but with other naive female patients he abused that trust and exploited their naivety in situations where these women and girls, some very young, sought his advice for the most intimate matters,' she said.

'He treated them to sexual innuendo, over-bearing advice and in many instances sexual assault. He succeeded because as the GP in a close-knit community he was in a position of trust and status and power.'

Islam, of Doncaster, denies 19 offences of indecent assault and one offence of outraging public decency by exposing himself to a patient. The offences date from January 30, 1970 to May 31, 1998.

The doctor was suspended by the General Medical Council in September, 2010 after the allegations came to light.

A woman who was depressed after her marriage broke down was quizzed by the GP about what sort of sex she enjoyed before he performed a sex act with her.

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