Doctor 'drugged woman for sex'

A WOMAN who claims she was sexually assaulted by her GP gave evidence yesterday that the drug he had prescribed made her feel like ‘a robot, a zombie'.

She had spoken to the doctor about these sensations and other side-effects, such as nausea, hot flushes and tiredness, she told Lismore District Court, and he had said it would take time for her to adjust.

The doctor is charged with rape and assault with an act of indecency, offences that allegedly occurred during a consultation in late 2008.

He denies both charges.

In answer to questions from the Crown prosecutor, the woman said she had asked the doctor if her symptoms meant she was going through menopause.

“He said he would examine me to investigate whether I was or not,” she said.

After the doctor had checked her pulse and heartbeat, the woman said he told her to lie on the couch.

He removed her shorts and underwear and put his ungloved fingers into her vagina while pressing her stomach and asking if she felt any pain. She said she considered the doctor was carrying out a medical examination.

However, when he later moved his fingers “back and forth in a sexual way” and pushed his penis up against her, the woman said “I didn't want to be there”.

He then placed her hand on his exposed penis, she said

After the alleged assault she said she felt “okay”, and chatted to the doctor normally. The next day she felt “dirty” and went to the police.

In the weeks after the alleged incident, the woman received 19 phone calls from the medical centre where the GP worked – although this had never happened before.

Cross examined by Phillip Bolton, SC, the woman said she didn't recall seeing the GP five times before the date she told police.

She denied a nurse had been present during an earlier PAP smear taken by the accused. She also said she had not exaggerated how long she had been in the consulting rooms on the day in question.

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