Woman mar­ries boss who beat her up after Christ­mas party

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LON­DON: An Ox­ford-ed­u­cated sur­geon beat up his fu­ture wife after ac­cus­ing her of flirt­ing with an­other doc­tor at an of­fice Christ­mas party, a tri­bunal heard yes­ter­day.

Dr Alan James, 49, held Nena Gos­nell on their bed and slapped her in the face after a fu­ri­ous row back at home. The hear­ing was told that she had told him: “I should have gone back with your col­league in­stead.”

Gos­nell, James’s med­i­cal sec­re­tary, re­ceived in­juries to her knee and the left side of her face.

James was taken to a po­lice sta­tion after the in­ci­dent on De­cem­ber 3, 2016.

Of­fi­cers also found eight ec­stasy tablets in the pocket of a coat he picked up while be­ing ar­rested. The fa­ther-of-two said the drugs had been bought at a mu­sic fes­ti­val but he had not taken any of them.

He ad­mit­ted as­sault­ing Gos­nell and said the in­ci­dent was “a source of re­gret”. The cou­ple have since rekin­dled their ro­mance and mar­ried.

Carlo Breen, lawyer for the Gen­eral Med­i­cal Coun­cil, told the fit­ness-to-prac­tise hear­ing in Manch­ester: “She (Gos­nell) had been drink­ing and so had he. They had then ar­gued. Dr James be­came vi­o­lent, he pinned her to the floor and punched her to her left ear.”

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