Doctor to deny sex advances, court told

2010-03-05 00:00

A MEDICAL doctor on trial in the regional court for allegedly indecently assaulting a 17-year-old private hospital patient on February 9, 2006, will deny he examined her inappropriately in any manner.

This was said yesterday by his advocate, Yoga Moodley SC, when he put the accused’s version to the young woman in cross-examination.

The young woman rejected the doctor’s opinion that she was “psychologically disturbed” at the time.

“I was sad and depressed, yes, but not psychologically disturbed,” she said.

She told the court she was being treated for depression, and was also upset by the recent death of her boyfriend.

Moodley said the doctor will categorically deny all the woman’s allegations to the effect that he kissed her, squeezed her breast or touched her private parts when he examined her.

Among the allegations put to the young woman was that the doctor’s ex-wife worked at the hospital on the same floor as the ward where the alleged incident occurred. He allegedly arrived at the hospital accompanied by two of his ex-wife’s friends.

Moodley said the doctor will allege he examined the girl in the presence of a nurse.

He could see she appeared “troubled, sad and upset”. He then excused the nurse so he could speak to her.

“He asked you what was troubling you and you informed him that your boyfriend had recently died. You also told him that you had been sexually abused by some boys … He asked if you were comfortable discussing this problem with him or would prefer to talk to a female doctor.”

Before leaving her, the doctor “patted” her shoulder and told her to “hang in there as things will come right”.

The complainant rejected all the allegations as lies.

The case has been postponed to June 17 for further evidence.

ingrido@witness.co.za

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