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Birmingham Doctor | Jailed for groping patient’s breasts says police ruined his life

A doctor from Birmingham has said his life was ruined when he was falsely convicted of groping a female patient due to failings by the police and prosecutors.

A GP for 40 years, was found guilty of sexual assault before being struck off the medical register and jailed for 15 months.

After being released at the end of his full sentence he was also put on the sex offenders’ register.

But his original conviction at Birmingham crown court has now been quashed by the Court of Appeal after newly uncovered evidence revealed his accuser had lied to police and under oath.

‘I lost my career,’ Dr Mehta

During his time in prison, the former GP witnessed ‘frightening levels of drink, drugs and violence amongst inmates, with corridors littered with cockroaches, blood and vomit’.

Dr Mehta lawyer’s said that following the trial, anonymous patient was found to have lied about a seperate previous alleged assault.

When the case went to the Court of Appeal, judges said that they were concerned over the patient’s evidence about her visit to Sparkhill Surgery on the day of the alleged assault, and that she lied about the identity of a friend she attended with.

While the lies did not relate directly to the allegation, the court ruled that they reflected negatively on her honesty, and claim was undermined. 

‘I would like to express my enormous relief that my name has been cleared after three very difficult years. Over the past year, my wife and children have carried the burden and spearheaded a campaign to clear my name.’

Officials at the Medical Protection Society, a doctors’ union, said that they would press the General Medical Council to overturn its decision to strike off Dr Mehta. 

‘We are delighted that Dr Mehta has been acquitted by the Court of Appeal. He and his family fought hard to clear his name and we are proud to have been able to support them in achieving this outcome.

Dr Rob Hendry, of the Medical Protection Society

False allegations can cause a loss of reputation, profession and income. Tragically in Dr Mehta’s case, they can also lead to a loss of liberty.

Birmingham Doctor | Jailed for groping patient’s breasts says police ruined his life
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