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Monday 23 October 2017

GP accused of grope walks free from court

A GP accused of groping a female patient walked free from court yesterday after the trial judge directed the jury to return a verdict of not guilty.

The 38-year-old doctor, who cannot be identified by order of the court, has denied the single charge of sexually assaulting the 34-year-old mother of three during a medical examination.

Mullingar Circuit Court had earlier heard that on Sunday, August 18, 2013, the woman had gone to an out-of-hours service in the Midlands suffering from toothache.

But during the course of his examination she had been asked to lie on a table and the doctor had checked her chest with a stethoscope.

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She was told to sit on a chair and she told the jury the doctor pushed the stethoscope up under her bra. She said he fondled her breasts and her nipples.

In her evidence, the woman said she could see that the doctor had an erection.

The GP told gardai in a subsequent interview that he had not examined her chest, had not asked her to lie on a table and had never touched her breasts.

Following a submission by the defence, Judge Keenan John told the jury that the application had pointed to "inconsistencies" in the State's evidence surrounding the time the woman had said she was in the room and the time shown on the records at the service.

The judge said he was satisfied that this was a significant inconsistency.

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