Doctor found guilty of sexual assault on patient in hospital bed

CourtsBy Sunday World
Dr Manav Arora
Dr Manav Arora

A doctor has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a male patient on a busy hospital ward.

Manav Arora, 37, from Birmingham, denied the sexual assault at Norwich Crown Court but was found guilty after a four-day trial.

The locum doctor was working at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital when the incident is alleged to have happened in September last year.

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said the doctor groped and then performed oral sex on him while inserting a catheter.

Earlier in the trial, the patient described how Arora complimented him on the size of his penis before groping him. He saw his head moving up and down and the doctor touching himself.

He said: "I didn't think at first it was that, you go to hospital for help not for somebody to take advantage of you."

The attack is said to have taken place behind a curtain while five other patients lay nearby.

Married father-of-one Arora had insisted any contact with the victim's penis was medically necessary.

The jury of six men and six women returned its verdict after an hour and a half of deliberations.

Judge Guy Ayers adjourned sentencing to a later date, telling Arora: "You have been convicted on the plainest possible evidence.

"The question for me is how long a custodial sentence will be."

The court heard from two men who claim they were assaulted in the same way by Arora at the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland, four years earlier.

After the verdict the prosecutor Andrew Shaw said Arora had also been suspended in 2005 after a similar accusation was made at a hospital in Portsmouth.

Indian-born Arora also received a caution from West Midlands Police after being caught engaged in a sex act with another man in Sandwell Valley Park near West Bromwich less than two weeks after the incident in Norwich.

Speaking outside court, Detective Constable Graham Kett said it was possible Arora had assaulted other people who never reported their concerns.

He added; "The victim went into hospital to get treatment and found himself getting sexually assaulted by this doctor. It was a terrible ordeal for him.

"We go into hospital or to see GPs expecting they will make us better and we have to be able to trust them.

"I am pleased we have got justice for this man, the others before him and others still who we may not even know about."