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* Sri Lankan doctor in Australia found guilty of sex assault on patient
Wed, Jun 12, 2019, 06:39 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

June 12, Colombo: A Sri Lankan doctor has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a vulnerable patient at a West Australian regional hospital, Australian Associated Press reported.

Priyantha Padmike Dayananda, 49, was charged with sexual penetration without consent after the woman claimed a doctor molested her during an abdominal examination at Bunbury Hospital's emergency department in December 2017.

She said he closed the cubicle curtains behind him, pulled up her dress and bra, and inserted his hand into her underwear.

The woman, who has a history of trauma, said she ran from the hospital as fast as she could without discharging herself and took a taxi home.

He called and texted her multiple times for the next five to six weeks, with one message reading: "Remember I touched your beautiful tummy at emergency".

The woman also said he had paid her "special attention" when she was in hospital for a fortnight recuperating from surgery in October that year, suggesting they "meet up" and stroking her hair.

The District Court of WA heard she believed he had a long, difficult to pronounce surname, recognized his voice when he called days after the emergency department incident and believed he was Indian because of his accent.

She saved his number in her phone under "sleaziest slyest doctor".

After she complained, a hospital staff member asked her to point him out from a selection of photographs of the male doctors, but she swiftly selected a different doctor.

She was encouraged to look again and selected the same man.

Defense counsel Simon Watters accused that doctor, from Pakistan, of being the offender, which he denied.

Prosecutor Joel Grinceri said the woman simply made an error.

In video footage of his police interview, Dayananda told detectives he didn't and wouldn't inappropriately touch "a girl like that" because he didn't find her attractive, she could have diseases and he had a wife.

The father-of-one also denied sending the woman texts, but could not explain how they had been sent from his phone.

 

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