GP in Blackpool denies pensioner sexual assault charges

Preston Crown Court
Preston Crown Court
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A GP is on trial accused of molesting two pensioners who visited him at the surgery.

One woman claims Dr Abid Ali, 27, touched her breasts and groin area during an examination for a knee complaint at the Stonyhill Medical Centre in Lytham Road, Blackpool last year.

They have gone away and thought about it, and thought ‘this shouldn’t have happened’

A second woman, 76, was horrified to be subjected to a chest examination – during which she claims the doctor groped her breasts – when she visited him complaining of a ‘floater’ in her eye.

Preston Crown Court heard both women – who can not be identified for legal reasons – had expected to be seen by a different doctor at the practice when they visited last year.

But when they told Dr Ali of their ailments, they say the doctor carried out ‘inappropriate examinations’ of them – and complained to the practice manager.

Kate Becks, defending, said the doctor had performed ‘clinically appropriate’ physical examinations on the women but had failed in his duty to ensure they understood the procedure.

During the course of the 86-year-old’s knee examination, it was necessary to also carry out an examination to her hip area, Miss Becks told the court.

The doctor had also needed to listen to the 76-year-old’s heart using a stethoscope, she explained.

But Paul Brookwell said the doctor’s account of the examinations was different from the complaints made by the women – who insisted they had been assaulted.

Mr Brookwell said: “In both these case neither of these women have made malicious complaints. They have been reluctant in coming forward.

“After this has happened to them they had some form of disbelief that they have gone into the doctors and this has happened.

“They have gone away and thought about it, and thought ‘this shouldn’t have happened’.”

Dr Ali, of Ayres Road, Old Trafford, Manchester, denies two counts of sexual assault.

The jury is expected to retire to consider the verdict today.