Family doctor in sexual abuse trial

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A FAMILY doctor is accused of indecently assaulting eight of his female patients during examinations at a Doncaster surgery over a 28-year period, a court heard.

Gousul Islam, aged 70, is alleged to have carried out the indecent assaults at his work while he was carrying out smear tests.

He allegedly also exposed himself to one patient, heard a jury.

Two of the complainants were aged only 13 and 15 when it is claimed he carried out the attacks, Sheffield Crown Court was told.

The allegations relate to intimate examinations of patients at the surgery in Doncaster where Dr Islam worked until 2009.

Islam, of Station Road, Hatfield, Doncaster, denies 19 offences of indecent assault.

He also denies one of outraging public decency by exposing himself in the presence of one of his patients.

He has gone on trial with the first offence dating from January 30, 1970.

The most recent dates back to May 31, 1998.

Michelle Colborn, prosecuting, said Islam was a doctor who was ‘well-liked and trusted by the local community’ and by most of his patients.

But she added: “But with other naive female patients he abused that trust, and exploited their naivety in situations where these women and girls, some very young, sought his advice for the most intimate matters.

“He treated them to sexual innuendo, over-bearing advice and, in many instances, sexual assault.

“He succeeded because as the GP in a close-knit community he was in a position of trust and status and power, so to speak.”

She said the complainants were local females who thought if they complained they would be treated as confused or mistaken.

The court heard Islam was alone when he conducted the examinations and the women were not chaperoned.

He also failed to use gloves for intimate examinations.

The trial continues.