A doctor’s career is in ruins after he was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman during a private examination.

The woman was reduced to tears after Shahid Ayyoub undid her bra and began massaging her with oil, including touching her breasts, during a 50 minute examination to assess whiplash injuries after an accident. Leeds Crown Court heard such an examination would normally take around 15 minutes and did not involve such contact. Ayyoub, 57, of Walsham Gardens, St Helens who practised in Merseyside, was unanimously found guilty by a jury of two sexual assaults on the woman at an examination room in Leeds on June 11, 2012. Jailing him for a total of 12 months Judge Geoffrey Marson QC said it was a gross breach of trust. “While she lay on the couch in that examination room you touched the side of her breasts. It is clear that caused deep concern and the jury have found it was intentional and sexual.” “You then left the room and returned a short while later having seen another patient, thereafter and over a period of time, much to the distress of your victim you repeatedly rubbed your hand over her breasts under her clothing.” The judge said there was an element of persistence in that and he was also satisfied Ayyoub had twice pulled the woman’s head towards his groin although that was not subject to a charge.

“What you did in your capacity as a doctor undermines public confidence in the medical profession.” He said Ayyoub had shown no remorse and while he accepted it was an aberration in an otherwise unblemished career and which had brought shame on him “it was not a momentary one.” He ordered him to register as a sex offender for 10 years and to pay £2,275 costs. Since Ayyoub abused in the course of his employment at the surgery, the GP practice can be held accountable for the abusive actions of its employee,’ explains Charles Derham, Specialist Child Abuse Solicitor for law firm Verisona. ‘Ayyoub was in a high position of trust as a doctor, and yet he reprehensibly chose to abuse it.’ If you or somebody you know were subject to abuse please do not hesitate to contact Charles Derham our specialist child abuse solicitor. We will treat any communications with the strictest of confidence.


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