Doctor jailed for using guise of intimate medical examinations to sexually assault women patients

|News, Sexual offences

A doctor who persuaded women to undertake unnecessary intimate medical examinations has been sentenced for sexually assaulting 24 of his female patients.

Manish Shah, 50, from Romford, was found guilty of 65 offences of sexual assault by penetration and sexual assault by touching in relation to 18 patients at a trial which concluded in December 2018.

In a second trial, which concluded in December 2019, he was also found guilty of nine counts of sexual assault and 16 counts of sexual assault by penetration in relation to a further six patients.

The offences took place during a five year period between 2009 and 2013.

Shah was today (7 February 2020) sentenced at the Old Bailey to life imprisonment with a minimum of 15 years to serve before he can be considered for release.

Paul Goddard, of the CPS, said: “Manish Shah was a trusted family doctor, but he took advantage of that trust to abuse his female patients and then falsified their medical notes to try to justify intimate medical examinations that should not have taken place.

"The Crown Prosecution Service wishes to commend those women, who by bravely giving evidence convinced the jury of Dr Shah’s guilt.”

Notes to editors

  • Paul Goddard is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in the London CPS Complex Casework Unit
  • Manish Shah (D.o.B: 08/10/1969)

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