A former Romford GP jailed for 115 sexual offences against 28 women and girls has been formally cleared of molesting seven more women after charges were dropped.

Manish Shah, 53, has previously been handed multiple life sentences for carrying out unnecessary intimate examinations on female patients for his sexual gratification over four years from 2009.

On Thursday (March 16), prosecutor Tom Nicholson offered no evidence on 46 more charges of sexual assault and sexual penetration in relation to seven other women.

Judge Peter Rook said: “The counts in respect of seven complainants, the prosecution have offered no evidence. In these circumstances I order verdicts of not guilty to be entered.”

Shah was not required to be present for the hearing at the Old Bailey.

Previously, the court heard how Shah flattered and groomed vulnerable victims and even used the cases of celebrities Angelina Jolie and Jade Goody to instil fear so they would agree to the invasive exams, then falsified records to cover it up.

At the time, Shah had been a GP partner at Mawney Road medical practice in Romford, but has since been suspended and then 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 December in 25 more convictions for sexual offences against four more women and girls.

In January, Judge Rook handed Shah two more life sentences with a minimum term of 10 years for those offences 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.

Judge Rook said at the time that Shah remained a “danger to women” as he highlighted the “scale and nature” of his crimes.