Bangladesh-born doctor accused of sexually assaulting female patients in Sydney

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A Bangladesh-born New Zealand doctor is facing several allegations of sexually assaulting female patients at his Sydney medical practice.

Another seven women have come forward with allegations they were sexually assaulted by Sydney GP Sharif Fattah, a court has heard.

 

Fattah, 60, was arrested at his Camden medical practice on last month over allegations he assaulted three female patients during medical consultations.

Detectives charged the Bangladesh-born New Zealand national with eight counts of sexual assault and six counts of indecent assault.

Police prosecutor Leonard Kerr told a bail hearing at Campbelltown Local Court another seven women had come forward with complaints against Fattah.

The court heard three women had already made statements alleging Fattah assaulted them, and another four were waiting to speak to police.

Mr Kerr opposed bail, arguing Fattah was in a “position of trust” when the alleged offences took place and there was a risk he could access the victims’ contact details.

But Fattah’s barrister Alexander Terracini told the court it could be up to two years before his client’s matter went to trial and that he should be released on bail.

“He is willing to not attend upon any hospital or healthcare clinic — full stop,” Mr Terracini told the court.

“That means he will have no access to any of his files.

“That is, he is proposing not to be a doctor while this matter is on foot.”

Fattah was granted bail on the condition he stop practicing medicine and not contact any of his current or former patients.

He will face court again in April.

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