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article imageSexual predator doctor used ‘James Bond’ type concealed camera

By Alexander Baron     Mar 15, 2013 in Crime
In what appears to be a unique case, a doctor has been convicted of sexual attacks on female patients while filming them with a camera concealed in a watch.
Doctors are not only among the most highly qualified but are among both the most admired and the most trusted members of society. Sometimes though that trust is ill-deserved. The most notorious doctor of modern times was also the most prolific serial murderer these islands have ever produced. Harold Shipman was convicted of murdering 15 of his patients, and is believed to have murdered more than two hundred.
If Shipman's case was exceptional, so is that of Dr Davinderjit Bains, although apparently on a somewhat smaller scale, and for sexual assaults rather than murders. All the same, in addition to being struck off the Medical Register, he can expect a very heavy sentence when he returns to court. Yesterday, Friday, at Swindon Crown Court in a scenario that beggars belief he pleaded guilty to no fewer than 30 sex offences. Not only did he indecently assault female patients but filmed these assaults with a camera hidden inside a wristwatch. This scenario was described by the lead detective assigned to the case as like something out of "a James Bond film". He owned two such watches.
The investigation began following a complaint last June from a patient aged just 19 that he had sexually assaulted her. She also noticed the watch. The doctor was said to have examined women unnecessarily. No less than 361 video clips of "very good quality" were seized by the police, half of them of women being examined at his surgery. His youngest victim was just 14 - which makes him a paedophile - and the eldest, 51.
Two years ago, Dr Antony Collis was convicted at the Central Criminal Court on 8 counts of indecently assaulting 5 underage girls. Unlike Dr Bains, he was granted bail. He was gaoled for eight years and ten months. It is unlikely Dr Bains will receive less, indeed a life sentence is an option.
After Bains was remanded in custody for sentencing, Dr Stephen Rowlands of Wiltshire NHS said he would look into ways to prevent this sort of thing from happening again. This should not require much thought.
The two obvious options are for women to be seen by female doctors whenever possible, certainly where any kind of intimate examination is necessitated. If this is not possible, women patients can be chaperoned. Doctors are sometimes falsely accused by women patients for all the usual reasons; these two simple measures - which have been advocated before - would protect both vulnerable patients and innocent doctors.
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