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Dr Mohammad Haq guilty of fondling patients

Dr Mohammad Haq Image copyright South Beds News Agency
Image caption Dr Mohammad Haq was found guilty of offences of indecent assault

A doctor has been found guilty of fondling the breasts of a teenage girl and three women patients during unnecessary clinical examinations.

Dr Mohammad Haq, 74, of Parkstone Avenue, Hornchurch, London, was found guilty of five offences of indecent assault on four women.

The offences took place at three surgeries in Hatfield, Hertfordshire.

The judge at St Albans Crown Court said a custodial sentence was "inevitable".

Prosecutor, Miranda Moore QC told St Albans Crown Court: "There were inappropriate breasts examinations and there was no clinical justification for what happened."

Image caption Dr Haq was found guilty at St Albans Crown Court

The QC said the youngest victim was 15 when she went to see the doctor because she had swollen neck glands.

"He asked her to take her top, her bra and her trousers off. She was standing in her pants alone in the room with no chaperone. He told her to bend over. She felt stunned," said Ms Moore.

The prosecutor said when another woman went to Dr Haq to find out if she was pregnant, he told her to strip and squeezed her breasts.

The woman is said to have complained to the surgery receptionist, who "laughed at her".

When he was questioned by the police, Dr Haq said he could not remember any of the women involved and would not have done anything inappropriate.

Sex offender

The doctor indecently assaulted the women during the late 70s and early 80s while he worked as a GP at the Burvill House Surgery and Hilltop Surgery in Hatfield.

During the course of the trial Judge Andrew Bright QC ruled that he had no case to answer on two charges of indecent assault.

He was convicted by the jury on five counts, but they cleared him of two other charges. The jury could not agree on a remaining charge.

The judge granted Dr Haq bail but said: "Custody is pretty much inevitable."

The judge adjourned sentence for medical reports to be prepared on the doctor, who was told to register as a sex offender.

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