Gill investigation update
BBC1 Wales X-Ray programme welcomes today's verdict in the case of bogus cancer therapists Reginald and Leila Gill in Swansea Crown Court.
77 year old Mr Gill was found guilty of three sexual assaults, six assaults by penetration and two counts of fraud against two women who had been treated by him at his alternative health clinic. His wife, 35 year old Leila Gill was found guilty of one count of sexual assault and one of fraud.
Evidence gathered by the X-Ray programme was instrumental in the arrests of the Gills. Last March, a member of the programme team telephoned the couple's clinic at their home in Cwmduad, Carmarthenshire and told Reginald Gill she was concerned she may have bowel cancer.
Reginald Gill told her that cancer was “easily dealt with” and urged her not to have a biopsy because it would spread the disease, saying “you’ll probably end up with ovarian cancer as well. Don’t do it, come and see me”. He said that if she spent three days with him she would be both educated and ‘treated’.
X-Ray sent two members of the production team to gather undercover footage of his fraudulent claims that he could diagnose and treat cancer. Gill used an unlicensed ozone therapy machine, known as an IFAS machine, on one of the researchers – the same one used on the victims in the recent trial. He told the researcher that because the device lit up, she did have cancer – which was untrue.
Despite his claims to have been an army doctor, Reginald Gill was in fact in the catering corps and has no medical qualifications. He was committing an offence under the Cancer Act 1939, which makes it illegal for an unqualified person to offer to treat any person for cancer.
Following the broadcast of X-Ray’s report in March 2011, our evidence was submitted to Dyfed Powys Police. Within weeks, two of Gill’s female ‘patients’ were interviewed by police and subsequently, on 24th May 2011, Reginald and Leila Gill were arrested at their home.
The jury at Swansea Crown Court heard how Reginald Gill had falsely told both female patients that they had cancer and he professed to be able to treat them. The court was told that both Reginald and Leila Gill were involved in treating patients which they did “for their own sexual satisfaction by gaining the confidence and trust of their patients to intrusively examine them physically”.
Sentencing will follow soon, date to be confirmed.
A new X-Ray report on the Gill’s bogus cancer treatments will be broadcast on Monday 13th February at 7.30pm on BBC1 Wales.