Search

Emerson Park doctor found guilty of indecent assault

PUBLISHED: 13:40 18 March 2016 | UPDATED: 16:16 25 April 2016

Dr Mohammed Haq on his way to St Albans Crown Court. Photo: South Beds News Agency

Dr Mohammed Haq on his way to St Albans Crown Court. Photo: South Beds News Agency

SOUTH BEDS NEWS AGENCY/

A doctor was found guilty yesterday (Thursday) of indecently assaulting a teenage girl and three women during unnecessary clinical examinations.

Judge Andrew Bright QC told Dr Mohammed Haq, 74, of Parkstone Avenue, Emerson Park, a “custodial sentence is pretty much inevitable”.

The offences occurred in the late 1970s and early 1980s at three practices in Hatfield.

One of the victims, now aged 66, told St Albans Crown Court she first went to see the doctor about her contraceptive coil.

She said she was told to undress, had an internal examination and her breasts examined.

On the next occasion, she went to Dr Haq with pain in the back and stomach area.

She said: “He told me to take my jumper and bra off and lie on the couch. There was no second person in the room.

“He started touching the breast area. He was not examining me for problems, he was just fondling. He asked me to stand up and touched my breasts again.”

The youngest victim was 15 when she went to see Haq, about swollen neck glands.

During the trial, prosecutor Miranda Moore QC told the court: “He asked her to take her top, her bra and her trousers off. She was standing in her pants alone in the room with no chaperone.

“He cupped her breasts and twiddled with her nipples. He told her to bend over. She felt stunned.”

She added: “These were inappropriate breasts examinations and there was no clinical justification for what happened.”

Dr Haq was convicted of five counts of indecent assault relating to breast examinations and told to register as a sex offender. He was found not guilty by the jury of inappropriate internal examinations.

He had denied 10 offences of indecent assault relating to four women, the judge ruled there was no case to answer in regard to two offences, the jury found him not guilty of two offences and failed to reach a decision about another charge.

He was bailed to return to St Albans Crown Court on Friday April 22 for sentencing.

Latest Romford News Stories

A look back at the biggest local stories from this day 20, 40 and 60 years ago.

12:00

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

As an MP representing a “Greater London” constituency for 17 years, last week I decided to throw my hat in the ring to become the next Conservative Mayor of London.

Yesterday, 15:00

Prof Ged Martin takes a lightning tour of the borough’s vanished places of worship

Yesterday, 10:00

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our Met Office video forecast.

Yesterday, 08:00

Here in Havering we are pretty good at celebrating our young people.

Fri, 20:35

Police were called to a bus stop at the entrance to Harrow Lodge Park this evening (Friday, July 20) after a number of teenagers were reportedly seen to threaten a bus driver with a knife.

Fri, 17:19

Think you know your Romford from your Rainham?

PROMOTED CONTENT

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

The next step in renewable energy could be right beneath your feet as you walk through a Romford shopping centre.

There are many reasons people decide to join a gym. Some want to pack on muscle for strength, train for endurance, or lose weight. But did you know it also does wonders for your mental health? Two members at Romford’s Better Gym in the Market Place talk about their personal fitness journey and the importance of replacing bad habits with good ones.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now