Doc­tor de­nies sex­ual as­sault of stu­dent

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A DOC­TOR who de­nies grab­bing a stu­dent be­tween the legs in a city cen­tre bar told a court: “Why would I do some­thing ridicu­lous like that, I’m a med­i­cal pro­fes­sional and this is some­thing that would de­stroy my fu­ture.”

Dr Eoghan Gallagher is al­leged to have sex­u­ally as­saulted the univer­sity stu­dent as she walked past him in Flori­tas, on Colling­wood Street, in New­cas­tle. But he in­sisted he did not de­lib­er­ately touch her and said if there was any con­tact at all, it was ac­ci­den­tal.

Giv­ing ev­i­dence at New­cas­tle Crown Court, Dr Gallagher said he was in New­cas­tle on a trip from Ire­land with his friend at the time of the al­leged of­fence, last March.

He said it was busy and peo­ple were stand­ing shoul­der to shoul­der and jostling for po­si­tion. Dr Gallagher said he re­mem­bered a young woman ap­proach­ing his left hand side as he turned and said she at­tempted to pass be­tween him and his friend.

Dr Gallagher, 34, of Car­tur Mor, Cly­baun Road, Knock­nacarra, Gal­way, Ire­land, de­nies sex­ual as­sault. The trial con­tin­ues.

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