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Doctor says he didn't preform oral sex on patient

Doctor says he didn't preform oral sex on patient

A doctor accused of sexually assaulting a patient on a busy hospital ward has told a court he did not do anything inappropriate.

Dr Manav Arora, 37, from Birmingham, is standing trial at Norwich Crown Court after denying the sexual assault involving a male patient.

The locum doctor was working at the 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.

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

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

Giving evidence, Arora said that he had needed to hold the patient's penis upright to ensure a local anaesthetic worked properly and then to fit the catheter.

"I was explaining everything step by step," he added.

Asked by his barrister, Alan Jenkins, if he had touched the patient's penis with his mouth, he said: "No."

Asked if he sexually assaulted the man, he answered: "No, I deny that."

Jurors were told Arora received a caution from West Midlands Police shortly after the incident after being caught engaged in a sex act with another man in Sandwell Valley Park near West Bromwich.

He told the court this was the first time something like that had happened. He added: "I put it down to curiosity."

Earlier in the trial, the patient who says he was attacked at the Norfolk and Norwich 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 court heard from two men who said they were assaulted in the same way by Arora at the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland.

One said he was being examined by Arora when he noticed being touched in an inappropriate way.

The man said: "He started touching my gentleman's area and put his mouth around my penis.

"I was in pain and trying to get him off me. I was wheelchair bound at the time."

A second man said he was alone with the doctor when he pulled down his jeans to inspect his leg.

"I thought he was examining me but next thing he started sexually assaulting me," he added.

"I said 'what are you doing' and told him to get off.

"There were other doctors there walking past but they did not take any notice of what I was on about."

Both men reported the incidents to the police but no action was taken, the court heard.

The second incident was investigated by the General Medical Council which found the allegations were not proved.

The trial is expected to conclude later this week.