GP denies sexually abusing patients

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A FAMILY doctor indecently assaulted eight female patients during examinations at a Doncaster surgery over a 28-year period, a court heard.

Gousul Islam, 70, is alleged to have carried out the assaults at his work while he was carrying out smear tests.

Two of the complainants were aged only 13 and 15 when it is claimed he carried out the attacks, Sheffield Crown Court was told.

The allegations relate to intimate examinations of patients at the surgery in Doncaster where Dr Islam worked until 2009. Islam, of Station Road, Hatfield, denies 19 offences of indecent assault.

He also denies one of outraging public decency by exposing himself in the presence of one of his patients.

He has gone on trial with the first offence dating from January 30, 1970, the most recent to May 31, 1998.

Michelle Colborn, prosecuting, said Islam was a doctor who was ‘well-liked and trusted by the local community’ and by most of his patients.

But she added: “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. He treated them to sexual innuendo, over-bearing advice and, in many instances, sexual assault.”

The court heard Islam was alone when he conducted the examinations and the women were not chaperoned.

The trial continues.