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GP who committed 115 sexual assaults against 28 women and girls handed two life sentences

 10th January 2023

A former GP who committed 115 sexual offences against 28 women and girls was branded ‘sick and twisted’ as he was handed two more life sentences.

Manish Shah has been handed two further life sentences (Picture: PA)© Provided by Metro

Manish Shah, 53, abused his trusted position when he persuaded female patients to undergo unnecessary intimate examinations for his sexual gratification over four years from 2009.

He flattered and groomed vulnerable victims and even had used the cases of celebrities Angelina Jolie and Jade Goody to instill fear so they would agree to the invasive exams then falsified records to cover it up, the Old Bailey had heard.

At the time, Shah had been a well regarded GP partner at Mawney Road medical practice in Romford, east London, but has since been suspended and later struck off.

In February 2020, Shah was handed three life sentences with a minimum term of 15 years in prison for 90 offences against 24 women after two separate trials.

A third trial ended last month in 25 more convictions for sexual offences against four more women and girls.

On Monday, Judge Peter Rook handed Shah two life sentences with a minimum term of 10 years to run concurrently with the earlier sentences.

The life sentences related to offences against the two youngest victims who were aged 15 and 17 when Shah began to abuse them.

Sentencing at the Old Bailey, Judge Rook said Shah remained a ‘danger to women’ as he highlighted the ‘scale and nature’ of his crimes.

The life sentences not only reflected their gravity but also the ‘public abhorrence’ that followed once they came to light, he said.

Judge Rook told Shah: ‘You selected young and vulnerable women, gained their trust and preyed on their fears.’

He said the consequence of Shah’s behaviour had been to divert resources away from the NHS, damage the reputation of the surgery where he had worked and caused ‘long term psychological damage’ to his victims.

He added: ‘There can be no doubt your actions have undermined trust in general practitioners.’

Prosecutor Riel Karmy-Jones KC said: ‘It was carefully planned. There was a mixture of flattery and fear in women. He selected vulnerable women. He gained their trust by saying he cared about them, he claimed he had special skills.’

The first victim, who was in her early 20s, described the devastating effect on her after police knocked on her door eight years ago.

In a victim impact statement, she said: ‘This triggered something in my life. I stopped being the social outgoing person overnight. I started getting panic attacks.’

Former GP Manish Shah committed 115 sexual offences against 28 women and girls as young as 15 (Picture: PA)© Provided by Metro

Shah told the second victim, who was aged just 15, that she was a ‘star’ and his ‘favourite’ and ‘would do well in modelling’ while warning her she might get cancer as part of his grooming campaign.

In her statement read to the court, she said: ‘For me personally the journey bringing Mr Shah to justice has been extremely difficult and life changing. I was only 15.

‘Your actions, Mr Shah, have haunted me for 12 years, affecting very important years of my growth from youth to womanhood.’

Before the abuse, she was a ‘confident young girl’ who was ‘naive but innocent’ and now felt ‘violated and insecure’, she said.

In 2018, she was forced to move away from the Romford area for her own protection as a witness after being ‘verbally abused’, ‘downgraded’ and intimidated by people who could not believe what happened.

She called on Shah to acknowledge the ‘mind blowing’ damage he caused by his ‘sick and twisted’ behaviour.

The third victim, who was abused aged 34, said Shah’s failure to admit what he had done had made things worse.

She said: ‘He just put me through more and more trauma. He preyed on the vulnerable.

‘I want to move on with my life, have a good life, not the life I currently live.’

The fourth victim was aged 17 and 18 when Shah sexually assaulted her almost every time she attended appointments.

His abuse had led to the destruction of her relationship with her partner and left her no longer trusting any man, she said.

In his sentencing remarks, Judge Rook noted Shah was married and still had the support of hisfamily,  there was no evidence of offending while on bail and had been a ‘model prisoner’ since being jailed.

Paul Goddard, senior crown prosecutor with the CPS, said: ‘The defendant told these women and girls lies about his experience and also about the state of their health, lies designed to convince them that repeated intimate examinations were necessary, and to conceal his true motives in carrying them out.

‘These convictions, and the sentences passed, are testament to the strength and courage of the women who gave evidence against the defendant. It is thanks to their bravery and their determination that justice­­ has now been done.’

The judge imposed further determinate jail terms for the remaining counts which will also run concurrent to the life sentences.­­

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