Romford GP already convicted of string of sexual offences against patients over five years goes on trial for 34 more

Romford GP Dr Manish Shah arriving at Barkingside Magistrates Court.

Romford GP Dr Manish Shah arriving at Barkingside Magistrates Court. - Credit: Archant

A Romford GP accused of molesting female patients as young as 11 cited celebrities Angelina Jolie and Jade Goody to convince them to have unnecessary intimate examinations, a court has heard.

Manish Shah, 50, of Brunel Close, Romford, allegedly carried out "invasive" intimate examinations over five years for his own sexual gratification.

He is on trial at the Old Bailey accused of 34 sexual offences against eight females aged between 11 and 39 between May 2009 and June 2013.

The jury was told Shah has already been convicted of similar allegations relating to 17 other patients.

Prosecutor Kate Bex QC described how on one occasion, Shah brought up a news story about Hollywood star Jolie having a preventative mastectomy as he asked a woman if she would like him to examine her breasts.

In another instance, he mentioned Goody as he told another woman an examination was in her best interests, it was claimed.

Ms Bex told jurors: "He took advantage of his position to persuade women to have invasive vaginal examinations, breast examinations and rectal examinations when there was absolutely no medical need for them to be conducted."

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The first complaint against him emerged in July 2013, the court heard.

Ms Bex told jurors that one theme of the case was the defendant's "sexualised" behaviour.

He would allegedly give patients hugs and kisses, singling some out as "special" and his "star", saying he had a soft spot for them.

He did not always wear gloves and left one patient entirely naked on an examination table, it was claimed.

Shah allegedly attempted to justify an examination in medical notes by suggesting it was "requested".

He flouted NHS guidelines on giving healthy women under 25 smear tests and routine breast examinations on women under 50, which were said to cause more harm than good, Ms Bex told jurors.

He also allegedly breached guidelines on the use of chaperones during intimate examinations.

Shah has denied 13 charges of sexual assault and 21 counts of assault by penetration.