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Former gynaecologist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital guilty of sexual assaulting patients

PUBLISHED: 09:29 24 June 2016

Mahash Vidyadhar Patwardhan

Mahash Vidyadhar Patwardhan

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He was found guilty at Woolwich Crown Court on Thursday

A former gynaecologist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital has been found guilty of sexually assaulting four women who had come to hospital for medical examinations.

Mahash Vidyadhar Patwardhan of Alderton Hill, committed the offences between 2008 at 2012 and Queen Elizabeth Hospital and at Blackheath Hospital in Lewisham.

Each of his victims were at hospital for medical examinations, where Patwardhan abused his position of trust to sexually assault them.

He was also convicted of two fraud offences after making false insurance claims for procedures he never carried out on two of his victims.

In October 2014 he was struck off the 53-year-old was struck off the medical register after a panel found charges against him in relation to three of the victim.

Whilst the hearing was ongoing, Met Police officers began investigating after a victim came forward after she heard he had been suspended.

A number of further victims came forward to police as publicity came out from the hearing.

Patwardhan was arrested on November 20 2014 at Heathrow Airport returning to the UK from India.

He was charged in September the following year with six counts of sexual assault and one count of fraud.

On Thursday, he was convicted at Woolwich Crown Court for offences against four women and two counts of fraud.

He was found not guilty on two counts of sexual assault against another two women.

He will be sentenced on July 26.

Det Con Mark Azariah, is from the Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command.

He said: “Patwardhan is a highly manipulative individual; having used his position of trust and authority to pray on the victims’ under his medical care; believing that they would be too embarrassed to report such offences to police.

“Thankfully he was mistake and I commend the victims for their courage in speaking out despite the sensitivity surrounding their personal medical concerns.

“I hope that today’s result and the fact he is no longer a practising doctor brings them some comfort and peace of mind in what has been a traumatic ordeal.

“It is hoped that this result will reassure other vulnerable victims of crime that the police take all allegations of crime very seriously and will work effortlessly to see that justice prevails.”

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