Surgeon guilty of sex assaults

Published: Tuesday 18th November 2014 by The News Editor

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An award-winning neurosurgeon has been found guilty of eight indecent assaults against five female patients at two hospitals.

But the jury at Birmingham Crown Court acquitted Nafees Hamid, who worked at the city’s Queen Elizabeth and Priory hospitals, of five further counts of sexual assault relating to four other patients.

Jurors are still considering verdicts on two remaining counts against the 51-year-old consultant, who has been on trial for the past eight weeks.

The jury of five men and five women deliberated for 19 hours and 59 minutes before returning their initial verdicts against Hamid.

The spinal surgery specialist, of Russell Road, Moseley, Birmingham, told his trial that some of the alleged attacks did not happen, while others were legitimate examinations which had been misconstrued.

During the trial, Hamid denied a total of 15 charges relating to 10 women who attended hospital between 2009 and 2013.

Among the victims Hamid was convicted of assaulting was a woman in her mid-20s whose complaint led to Hamid’s arrest in November last year.

The patient, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told jurors she felt “frozen to the spot” as she was subjected to an assault at the private Priory Hospital last year.

The seven other counts on which Hamid was convicted relate to four women who attended hospital for a variety of complaints between January and September 2012.

Published: Tuesday 18th November 2014 by The News Editor

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