Doctor says there is 'no truth' behind indecent assault allegations
PUBLISHED: 13:51 16 March 2016 | UPDATED: 13:51 16 March 2016
A doctor accused of fondling the breasts of a teenage girl and three other women at Hatfield surgeries has said there is "no truth whatsoever" in the allegations.
Dr Mohammed Haq, 74, of Parkstone Avenue, Hornchurch, had been charged with 10 counts of indecent assault between the 1970s and early 1980s. However, two of those charges were dropped at St Albans Crown Court on Monday because of what the judge called ambiguous evidence.
The eight remaining counts allegedly occurred in Burvill House Surgery, Hilltop Surgery, which has since closed, and Colney Heath Surgery.
On one occasion Dr Haq allegedly fondled the breasts of a woman complaining of fainting. However, he said: “Because of the history of fainting I had to do the examination on the chest, heart and lungs to make sure there were no anomalies.”
Prosecuting barrister Miranda Moore said: “You took the opportunity to grope your female patients hoping that because you’re a doctor they would not complain.”
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