Former GP jailed for 90 sex offences against patients

7 February 2020, 11:44

Former GP Manish Shah who was jailed on Friday
Former GP Manish Shah who was jailed on Friday. Picture: PA
EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

GP Manish Shah, was branded a "master of deception" as he was handed three life sentences with a minimum term of 15 years at the Old Bailey.

The doctor used celebrity cancer stories to get patients to have unnecessary medical checks, the court heard.

50-year-old Manish Shah from Romford in Essex was convicted of 90 sex offences against 24 female patients.

He used the case of Angelina Jolie having a preventative mastectomy to ask a woman if she would like him to examine her.

Shah, 50, of Romford, east London, who claimed he had been practising "defensive medicine" was found guilty of 25 sexual offences against the six victims at Mawney Medical Centre between 2009 and 2013 last autumn.

At an earlier trial in 2018, he was convicted of offences relating to 18 other women, bringing the total number of offences to 90 relating to 24 women.

Fifteen of the victims sat in a packed Court One of the Old Bailey on Friday as Shah was sentenced by Judge Anne Molyneux QC to three life sentences with a minimum term of 15 years plus further jail terms to run concurrently.

The judge said Shah had deployed a "mixture of flattery and fear" and used celebrity cases to carry out the sex assaults.

Quoting one of his victims, the judge said: "You made up stories which got into heads and caused panic".

The judge went on: "You were a master of deception and you abused your position of power. This was a horrible abuse of trust and caused incalculable harm.

"The details show a pattern of behaviour over five years.

"Your behaviour was not only sexual but was driven by your desire to control and on occasions humiliate women."