The Chronicle

Doctor in court on sex assault


THE case against a Brisbane anaestheti­st who also worked in Toowoomba and was charged with sexual assault of unconsciou­s women patients has been transferre­d to the Brisbane courts.

A written submission sent to the prosecutio­n by the 59year-old Mount Ommaney man’s legal representa­tives to move the case to Brisbane had been accepted, Toowoomba Magistrate­s Court heard on Tuesday.

The anaestheti­st, who cannot be named unless committed to trial on the charges, is accused of sexually assaulting and photograph­ing women patients while in hospital.

He has been charged with three counts of sexual assault and three counts of “observatio­ns or recordings in breach of privacy” as the charges read on the court documents.

The accused man has not as yet been called upon to enter any pleas to the charges.

He was not required to be in court for the brief mention of the case on Tuesday.

Police alleged the anaestheti­st inappropri­ately touched three women in their 20s while they were unconsciou­s in the hospital between November last year and February this year.

Detectives had asked anyone who believed they may have been affected to come forward.

In April, the Queensland Office of the Health Ombudsman imposed conditions on the doctor’s registrati­on with the Medical Board of Australia, ordering him “not to have contact with female patients”.

It also ordered the specialist to provide written confirmati­on that his employers had been notified of the allegation­s and subsequent charges.

No particular details of the police allegation­s have as yet been aired in court.

Magistrate Howard Osborne remanded the accused man on bail and adjourned the case for mention in Brisbane Magistrate­s Court number 18 in two weeks’ time.

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