Doctor jailed for carrying out sex attacks on patients at two hospitals

Kilmarnock Sheriff Court: Sex attack doctor jailed for assaulting patients.
Kilmarnock Sheriff Court: Sex attack doctor jailed for assaulting patients.

A doctor who carried out sex attacks on two patients at hospitals where he worked has been jailed for 18 months.

Dr Samir Asad, 63, assaulted the women in private examinations but later denied their claims, forcing them to give evidence against him.

The Iraqi consultant's first victim almost dropped her complaint while the second woman, 23, only came forward after publicity of the initial attack.

Asad, who was working as a locum, told the older woman to hold on to a table and loosen her belt and jeans while he stood behind her.

The mother-of-two, 60, said the Asad held her from behind "like a dance move" and tried to touch her privates.

Asad took her left breast in his hand and when she turned around she saw his zip was down.

She told Kilmarnock Sheriff Court: "I pulled away from him and said, 'What are you trying to do?' I asked him why he took my breast out of my bra and he said he didn't."

She left the examination room at Crosshouse Hospital in Ayrshire but was told by a nurse that she would have to go back in.

The woman added: "But I didn't want to face him again, no way. I wanted to find out why he did that to me.

"The sister calmed me down but my husband was angry. He said to the doctor: 'I'll see you get your destiny'.

"I went there for a chest examination and nothing else."

The court heard that Asad, a chest specialist, had no stethoscope and took no notes during the incident.

The second patient was about to be discharged from Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride, Lanarkshire, when Asad unexpectedly asked to examine her.

She said he placed his hand on her midriff before moving it down to her privates and keeping it there "for 30 to 45 seconds".

The court heard Asad then sat her down and said: "That's all."

She was left feeling light-headed and only told her boyfriend a year later after Asad was charged with the first attack.

Asad, of Robin Hood Lane, Putney, London, was earlier found guilty of sexually assaulting the 60-year-old by pressing his body against her and committing indecent acts in December 2010.

He was also convicted of sexually assaulting the 23-year-old and carrying out indecent acts on the pretext of examining her in December 2008.

A jury found Asad guilty after a four-day trial last month. Sentence had been deferred for background reports.

Sheriff Alistair Watson also placed Asad on the Sex Offenders Register for ten years.

Asad, whose wife is also a consultant doctor, avoided being struck off by removing his name voluntarily from the General Medical Council register before his trial.

He was supplied to Crosshouse Hospital by Medacs Healthcare, an agency that provides health workers worldwide, and lived in NHS accommodation on-site.

He was also a locum when he committed the offence at Hairmyres Hospital.

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