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Dr Buddhi Abeywardena secretly filmed up girls' skirts

A doctor has been given a community order for using a camera in a key fob to film up the skirts of young girls.

Dr Buddhi Abeywardena, a 63-year-old GP from Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, was caught by security staff at the Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham where he was "acting suspiciously", the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.

Abeywardena pleaded guilty at Birmingham Magistrates' Court to outraging public decency.

He was also given a three-month curfew.

In addition, Abeywardena was electronically tagged, given a supervision order, must complete a sex offenders' course and was told to pay £180 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

'Stalked and filmed'

John Baker from the CPS said: "Dr Buddhi Abeywardena claimed that he was unaware that his actions and behaviour were an offence as he felt he was not hurting anyone.

"What this defendant was doing was committing a very serious criminal offence and this was not a victimless crime.

"Young females were being stalked by this man and then filmed without their knowledge or approval."

The General Medical Council confirmed Abeywardena, who qualified as a doctor in Sri Lanka in 1976, is currently banned from treating female patients.

A fitness to practise hearing is likely to be set within the next few months.

The Care Quality Commission said Abeywardena's NHS practice, Iver Heath Health Centre in Trewarden Avenue, Iver, Buckinghamshire, had not yet had a routine inspection.


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