Canterbury doctor denies sexual assaults
A hospital worker has told a court how a doctor held
her in a tight hug while stroking her body on two occasions at
Anaesthethetist Dr Senthil
Gopalakrishnan, 42, of Bingley Court, Canterbury, today denied nine
charges of sexually assaulting female members of staff at Kent and
The first two charges related to
alleged assaults on a woman in operating theatres.
From behind a screen, she told
the court that on the first occasion she was at work alone in a
theatre preparing for an operation when the doctor came
She said: "I was on my own.
Something didn’t seem right. He had stopped in the corridor and
came to speak to me and he had just stayed there after I had told
him what I was doing. I didn’t know why he was sticking
The court heard the woman went
into the recovery room to print a slip. The anaesthetist had gone
in there too, and had been standing close in front of
The woman said: "He said I must
have been really tired because I was working hard, ‘how about a
hug’, and he held his arms out.
"He kept his arms out and said
‘come on’, then he hugged me. He was holding really tight, I could
not pull away.
"I felt something was not right,
I didn’t understand why. "
Dr Gopalakrishnan had said "oh
dear", almost "like a whisper" in her ear. He had then "kind of
touched my bottom", she said.
His whole body had been in
contact with her.
"I felt his hands, as he was
hugging me, stroking my back and my bottom."
"I said ‘hey’ or ‘woah’ or
something and tried to be more forceful in pulling away and
eventually was successful."
The trial continues.
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