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Cops sift through accused GP’s patient films
A FAMILY doctor accused of a string sexual offences has had a court hearing put back by two months while police examine more than film 360 clips from his surgery.
Dr Davinder Jeet Bains, 45, of Swindon, has been charged with five counts of sexual assault, four of which allegedly took place at Tinkers Lane Surgery, where he worked as a GP. The charges related to three victims, including two aged 15 and 17, Swindon Crown Court heard yesterday.
Bains also faces one charge of administering a noxious drug with intent to commit a sexual offence at his home.
Prosecutor Claire Marlow said: “The charges in this case relate to three women, two of whom are aged 15 and 17.
“Two of them were patients at the surgery where Dr Bains was working at the time. Part of what these two girls said is that they felt they were being filmed whilst being asked to undress at times, which they consider to be inappropriate for the reason they had gone to the doctor.
“It subsequently transpired there were 361 clips of women in the surgery depicting them in a state of undress and potentially much worse than that.”
Police need another two months to analyse the clips and identify victims, Mrs Marlow told the court.
Miss Marlow said: “Police are at present trying to go through 361 clips.
“There has been a letter sent from the relevant surgery to all the other patients trying to identify the people shown in the clips and the police have given themselves a two-month period from now to try to identify as many people as possible.
“But we are still not at this stage aware of how many people may come forward.”
Sean Sidhu-Brar, defending, told the court that ‘an investigation ought to be done before an individual is charged’ as he addressed the judge over the prosecution request for a two-month adjournment.
But he said the clips ‘may or may not be an issue where we need to instruct an expert’.
Bains, wearing a white jumper and jeans, looked anxiously at the public gallery throughout the hearing.
He was told by Judge Euan Ambrose: “I’m moving your case to September 7 for a further hearing. There’s a great deal of further investigation to be done.
“A good deal of material has come to light which suggests more to be investigated here.”
Bains was remanded in custody until the next hearing.
Anyone with information should contact police on the 101 non emergency number. The special phone line set up by NHS Wiltshire for patients of Dr Bains continues to operate. The NHS number is 03456 029907 and the phone lines are open between 8am and 8pm seven days a week.