Yorkshire GP, 70, jailed after 25 year reign of abuse

JUDGE lambasted a general practitioner whom he jailed for 11 years for indecently assaulting seven women patients over a 25-year period.

Judge Simon Lawler said of Dr Gousul Islam: “In 40 years experience as a court practitioner this is the worst case of its kind by a professional man I have had the misfortune to encounter or try.” He told him: “This is on any view a catalogue in some cases of persistent sexual abuse of patients with the grossest possible breach of trust of your position as a doctor.”

Female jurors wept openly as the judge delivered his verdict on 70-year-old Islam who hung his head in shame in the dock at Sheffield Crown Court. Judge Lawler praised the women for speaking out and said that three of them had been left with psychological problems following the abuse which was a “terrible commentary on a medical man who took an oath to counsel and to care.” He said: “he court pays tribute to these women. They did not want to be here but felt it was their duty to speak out. They were right and they have seen justice. They have no sense of empowerment. They left here with a sense of having told their stories but remained ashamed. The fault is not theirs.”

Within the privacy of his consulting room at a Doncaster area village surgery, Islam serially groped teenage girls and young women. Under the pretext of examinations, he fondled their breasts, stroked their thighs and touched them intimately. The married doctor asked the women to undress in his presence without a screen and lie on his treatment couch without a blanket or towel to protect their modesty. He never offered the females a chaperone and often did not wear gloves for intimate examinations after which he would wash his hands obsessively.

He was found guilty of indecently assaulting seven women patients from January, 1970 to June, 1995 while he was in his 30s and 40s. The allegations came to light in March, 2010 when one woman whom he tricked into performing oral sex complained to the police and inquiries led to other victims either being traced or coming forward.

Islam was suspended by the General Medical Council in September, 2010 and will now be struck off.

The court heard he asked a teenager to “strip off and go upstairs with him” at his surgery and told her: “You are fit, you are stunning, you are beautiful.” He repeatedly asked her to go on weekends away or watch videos with him at his house and told her he was not interested in his wife. When she was seven months pregnant he jabbed her in the stomach and said: “What are you doing with that thing inside you get rid. I can’t do anything with you with that inside you.” She said she was subjected to more than 30 unwarranted examinations from the age of 14 to 22.

She said: “He always wanted to give you an internal or feel your boobs.”

One woman blamed Islam for ruining her sex life and wrecking her marriage throughout which she remained a virgin. She went to the doctor in her 20s over her problems with sexual intercourse and the GP told her: “Silly girl, your partner must be tearing his hair out.” The woman said he made her feel like a “freak” and he even examined her “down below” when she complained over a sore throat. He had stroked her legs and thighs, put his hand inside her knickers and touched her vagina during examinations.

She said: “You knew he was going to have a quick feel. You just knew what was coming.”

Several of the victims were in the public gallery to see the GP sentenced. Det Chief Insp Natalie Shaw speaking on their behalf said afterwards: “They are glad it is over and justice has been done and they can now try to get this behind them.

“South Yorkshire Police cannot commend enough the bravery and courage shown by all of these ladies who have come forward. They have conducted themselves with dignity throughout.” We understand that it is not unusual for those who were subject to abuse to come forward later in life.

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.


Charles has considerable specialist experience in pursuing claims for compensation for those who have been abused in childhood. His specific expertise means that he is recognised locally, nationally and internationally for his work which has taken him all over the world including, USA, Australia and New Zealand.

He is also recognised for his significant involvement in the high profile litigation against St Georges School (Anglemoss Limited) and Cyntwell High School. These cases involved a staggering number of individuals who pursued those responsible whom despite heavily defending the claims brought against them settled by way of out of court settlements.

Charles regularly features in local and national press and he is often asked to provide his professional opinion and commentary on relevant abuse law issues and developments on radio and television broadcasts. Such broadcasts include BBC South Today, BBC Wales, ITV and ITN News.

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Charles obtained his Law degree at Kingston University, before successfully completing his Legal Practice Course. He trained and qualified with Verisona Law beginning his specialism in the field of child abuse claims. He received his higher rights of Audience in 2012 making him one of the youngest Solicitor-Advocates in the country who is able to represent his clients in the High Court. Charles is head of the abuse team who collectively have secured compensation for hundreds of victims of abuse.

He began diversifying in to other aspects of abuse law and his team are one of the very few in the country who specialise in claims against social services.

He is involved in complex group action litigation and also represents a number of individuals and who are pursuing private companies, local authorities and perpetrators in pursuit of their justice.

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