Doctor’s career in ruins after sex assault on patient

Shahid Ayyoub. PIC: Simon Hulme
Shahid Ayyoub. PIC: Simon Hulme
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A doctor’s career is in ruins after he was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman during a private examination.

The woman was reduced to tears after Shahid Ayyoub undid her bra and began massaging her with oil, including touching her breasts, during a 50 minute examination to assess whiplash injuries after an accident.

Leeds Crown Court heard such an examination would normally take around 15 minutes and did not involve such contact.

Ayyoub, 57, of Walsham Gardens, St Helens who practised in Merseyside, was unanimously found guilty by a jury of two sexual assaults on the woman at an examination room in Leeds on June 11, 2012.

Jailing him for a total of 12 months Judge Geoffrey Marson QC said it was a gross breach of trust.

“While she lay on the couch in that examination room you touched the side of her breasts. It is clear that caused deep concern and the jury have found it was intentional and sexual.”

“You then left the room and returned a short while later having seen another patient, thereafter and over a period of time, much to the distress of your victim you repeatedly rubbed your hand over her breasts under her clothing.”

The judge said there was an element of persistence in that and he was also satisfied Ayyoub had twice pulled the woman’s head towards his groin although that was not subject to a charge.

“What you did in your capacity as a doctor undermines public confidence in the medical profession.”

He said Ayyoub had shown no remorse and while he accepted it was an aberration in an otherwise unblemished career and which had brought shame on him “it was not a momentary one.”

He ordered him to register as a sex offender for 10 years and to pay £2,275 costs.

Mukhtar Hussain QC defending Ayyoub said the conviction would have devastating consequences for him as he now faced being struck off.

He said Ayyoub came from a highly respectable family which included six other doctors and his two sons were currently studying medicine at university.

Martin Sharpe prosecuting said the victim was suffering from discomfort in her neck as a result of an accident.

One doctor had already carried out an examination concluding the discomfort was mild but because she maintained it was more severe than that the second examination was arranged in rooms on Wellington Street, Leeds.

The victim attended the appointment at 2pm driven there by a friend and was shown into the examination room where she met Dr Ayyoub.

He asked her to sit on the examination table and moved her legs from side to side before touching her back and asking questions about her injuries.

He then said she had a problem and produced a bottle of clear massage oil telling her to lie on the table. He lifted up her long sleeved t-short undid her bra and began massaging her.

She said she felt uncomfortable when his hands moved round to her breasts. He then left the room for a time and returned locking the door again. He put more massage oil on his hands and this time the contact appeared more deliberate.

She was shocked and crying when she left. When he was arrested he said any contact with her breasts during the examination was accidental and denied pushing her head into his groin area.

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