GP’s ban is lifted after sex case win
AN Iraqi doctor who beat rape charges and was banned from taking on female patients has been given the go-ahead to treat young girls.
In the NSW Supreme Court this week, Dr Mohammed Hadi, 40, who migrated from Iraq in 2009, appealed his restricted medical licence, which was then altered. The GP is now allowed to treat young girls under the age of 15 at the Rao Medical Centre in the Riverina town of Tocumwal where he is registered.
The court ruled there was no “evidence or any indication whatsoever that the sexual proclivities of (Dr Hadi) would extend to young females”.
However, Dr Hadi is still prohibited from consulting, examining, treating or performing any procedures on any female patients aged 16 or older and he must renew his registration in April next year.
Restrictions on Dr Hadi’s licence stem from a February 2015 charge of rape (for which he was subsequently acquitted) when he had been working as a doctor in rural South Australia.
The court heard Dr Hadi had convinced a patient 10 years his junior to enter into a “temporary marriage” because as a practising Muslim he was not allowed to have sex with her unless they were married.
Between December 2014 and January 2015 the pair met for what Dr Hadi described as “rough sex”. According to the agreed facts, on the last occasion they slept together in January 2015 he slapped the woman across the face in what he considered to be their “usual rough” sex.
But Dr Hadi was also involved with a female doctor in Iraq. Dr Hadi said while he was sleeping with his former patient he regarded himself as single because he wasn’t sure he would marry his now wife. He also explained the “temporary marriage” with the former patient was only motivated by “sexual desire”.
Bizarrely, during this time, Dr Hadi allowed his future wife to join him on rounds at the hospital he then worked at and to conduct a rectal examination on a female patient, despite not being registered in SA. Dr Hadi was merely cautioned by the Medical Board of Australia.
After being arrested and charged with rape in February 2015, Dr Hadi flew back to Iraq and married the woman and they both returned to Australia to look for work.
Dr Hadi fought the allegation at trial and the prosecution dropped the case.
He was subsequently granted a restricted licence by the Medical Board of Australia, which prevented him from seeing any female patients. Dr Hadi then moved to a new job in Tocumwal.