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Dorset doctor ‘tried to grope female colleague and asked her to ‘at least let me see the top half”

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Doctor tried to hug, kiss and grope female colleague and asked her to ‘at least let me see the top half’ during hospital night shift, court hears

  • Dr Senthil Gopalakrishnam, 51, an Indian-born doctor at a hospital in Dorset  acted ‘like someone who was a drunk person in a club that doesn’t listen when you say no, go away’ as he sexually assaulted his female collegue, a doctor
  • Half way through a 24-hour shift on April 2 last year the pair decided to take a break when he suddenly touched her bottom and pushed her into a room 
  • She ‘asked him to stop it, he just kept telling me it would be OK’ as he continued
  • Dr Gopalakrishnam denies sexual assault as the trial in Bournemouth continues 

It is alleged that Dr Senthil Gopalakrishnam made his female colleague repeatedly deny his unwanted advances (pictured) Dr Senthil Gopalakrishnam wearing a mask

It is alleged that Dr Senthil Gopalakrishnam made his female colleague repeatedly deny his unwanted advances (pictured) Dr Senthil Gopalakrishnam wearing a mask

A doctor sexually assaulted his female colleague during their night shift, a court has heard.

Dr Senthil Gopalakrishnam, 51, is alleged to have tried to hug, kiss and grope the female doctor despite her repeatedly telling him no.

The woman said he asked to ‘at least let me see the top half’, after she refused to lie on a bed with him, a jury at Bournemouth Crown Court was told. 

Dr Gopalakrishnam, an anaesthetist registrar at a hospital in Dorset had worked with the female doctor on a patient just before the incident occured. 

The colleagues had a cup of tea in a break room with other staff before deciding to go for separate naps at about 2.15am, half-way through a 24-hour shift 

On April 2 last year the pair walked to the separate on-call rooms together but in the corridor outside Dr Gopalakrishnam hugged the woman and rubbed her bottom suddenly, it is alleged.

The female medic told him to stop as she backed away from him, prompting Dr Senthil Gopalakrishnam to push her into her room where he continued the sexual assault, the jury heard.

The pair both chose to take a break during the middle of a 24-hour shift at a Dorset hospital (pictured) Dr Senthil Gopalakrishnam

The victim shut the door and locked it as soon as he left the room (pictured) Dr Senthil Gopalakrishnam

The victim said ‘he was like someone who was a drunk person in a club that doesn’t listen when you say no, go away’ (pictured) Dr Senthil Gopalakrishnam

She told the court: ‘I was surprised, shocked, I didn’t expect to be hugged by someone I barely had any encounters with in the past.

‘I felt taken aback. It felt very out of the blue and unnecessary.

‘I asked him to stop it, he just kept telling me it would be OK.

‘I didn’t reciprocate in any way, I didn’t hug back.

‘To me he was like someone who was a drunk person in a club that doesn’t listen when you say no, go away. He obviously hadn’t been drinking but he just wasn’t listening. He was persistent.

‘He turned me around to hug me from behind. I was wearing scrubs, he pulled my vest up enough to get his hands under my top to reach my bra.

‘He turned me around and tried to kiss me at that point. The first time I turned my head to the side, I didn’t want his lips to touch mine. He tried again and did make contact with my lips.

‘He said he wanted me to lie down on the bed. I said no. He said ‘at least show me your top half’ and again I said no.

‘Then he left, just as quickly as it had started.’

She said: ‘As soon as he left the room I shut the door and locked it.’

The court heard the woman cried herself to sleep and told a friend what had happened just hours later.

The female doctor then reported it to her superior and Dr Gopalakrishnam was arrested and interviewed under caution.

He denied he had sexually assaulted the female doctor and said the exchange had been consensual.

Peter Pride, prosecuting, told the jury: ‘The issue in this case is one of consent, you are likely to hear two differing, conflicting accounts. The prosecution say this was sexual assault, the defence case is this was consented.’

‘The prosecution say it must have been abundantly obvious to the defendant that she did not want that type of attention.’

Dr Gopalakrishnam denies sexual assault and the trial continues.

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