Court clears doctor of sexually assaulting patients

A doctor has been found not guilty of sexually assaulting two of his patients at a GP clinic in north Dublin.

The 37-year-old married father of three was accused of groping the women as they were being examined on separate dates in February 2013.

After being told he was free to go, the doctor stepped out of the dock and hugged his wife and family members who were sitting in the public gallery.

During two days of evidence, the court heard how the doctor had travelled from Waterford to work as a locum for two days with the north Dublin clinic.

The women were 22 and 49 at the time of the allegations.

They both presented with cold and flu-like symptoms and both claimed he touched their breasts inappropriately during their respective chest exams.

The younger of the two claimed she was crying throughout the alleged assault, while the other pushed him away and ran out screaming.

The accused denied both charges saying he would have treated his own mother, wife or sister in the same way.

The jury retired to consider a verdict yesterday afternoon and cleared him of all allegations after deliberating for just over six hours.

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