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GP found guilty of 25 sex offences against six patients

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A GP who used celebrity cancer stories to get patients to have unnecessary checks has been found guilty of 25 sex offences against six patients.

Manish Shah, 50, from Romford, preyed on cancer concerns to persuade victims as young as 11 to go through unnecessary intimate examinations for his own sexual gratification, the court heard.

He was accused of assaulting six patients of the Mawney Medical Centre over five years, from May 2009 to June 2013.

The 50-year-old denied wrongdoing and said he was practising "defensive medicine".

He was found guilty of 25 sexual offences on six patients after a trial.

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The jury was told he had been convicted of similar allegations relating to 17 other women, bringing the total number to 23.

The jury deliberated for 26 hours before giving their verdicts.

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The sentencing will take place on 7 February.

Image: Manish Shah arriving at The Old Bailey last year during his trial

Prosecutor Kate Bex said Shah preyed on the patients fear of cancer to consent to examinations without being properly informed.

Some of the patients were particularly vulnerable because they were young or they had a family history of the disease.

Ms Bex said: "Fear is an incredible motivator and few health concerns are scarier than cancer. Dr Shah exploited that and used it for his own personal gratification."

In one instance, Shah brought up the case of Angelina Jolie who had a protective double mastectomy in order to examine a woman's breasts.

He also mentioned Jade Goody to other, and said an examination was in her best interests.

Ms Bex told jurors Shah's behaviour was "sexualised" and he gave patients hugs and kisses, singling some out as "specRead More – Source