Devon

Festival assault doctor Christopher Morris suspended

A Devon doctor who assaulted two people at a music festival has been suspended from the medical register.

Dr Christopher Morris was convicted at Torquay Magistrates' Court in July last year for assaulting his girlfriend and another friend.

The victims were attacked for trying to stop Dr Morris from driving after he had been drinking at the Dartington Festival in June 2011.

The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service suspended him for two months.

Dr Morris was sentenced to a 24-month community order and ordered to complete a domestic abuse programme.

It said although Dr Morris had been convicted and sentenced by a court, it could undermine public confidence in the profession if it took no further action.

The panel accepted Dr Morris was a "competent and skilled doctor in training", there were no patient safety concerns, nor did he pose a risk of repeating his behaviour.

Its determination concluded that "a period of suspension would send out a message to you, the profession and the wider public that such behaviour is completely unacceptable".

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