Jury finds WA doctor guilty of molesting patient at Bunbury Hospital

Jury finds WA doctor guilty of molesting patient at Bunbury Hospital

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The District Court of WA heard she recognised his voice when he called days after the emergency department incident and believed he was Indian because of his accent.

She saved his number in her phone under “sleaziest slyest doctor”.

After she complained, a hospital staff member asked her to point him out from a selection of photographs of the male doctors, but she swiftly selected a different doctor.

She was encouraged to look again and selected the same man.

Defence counsel Simon Watters accused that doctor, from Pakistan, of being the offender, which he denied.

Prosecutor Joel Grinceri said the woman simply made an error.

In video footage of his police interview, Dayananda told detectives he didn’t and wouldn’t inappropriately touch “a girl like that” because he didn’t find her attractive, she could have diseases and he had a wife.

He also denied sending the woman texts, but could not explain how they had been sent from his phone.

Dayananda said the woman made no advances to him but he found her “not normal … a troublesome one”.

The jury deliberated for almost 10 hours, and was at one point deadlocked, before delivering a guilty verdict on Wednesday afternoon.