Doctor denies sex assault at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

Dr Manav Arora at Norwich Crown Court for a hearing in April 2015.

Dr Manav Arora at Norwich Crown Court for a hearing in April 2015. - Credit: Rob Colman

A doctor accused of sexually assaulting a male patient on a ward at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital told a court he has never been attracted to men.

A doctor accused of sexually assaulting a male patient on a ward at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital told a court he has never been attracted to men.

Dr Manav Arora, 37, from Birmingham, is standing trial at Norwich Crown Court after denying sexual assault.

The locum doctor was working at N&N when the incident is alleged to have happened in September last year.

The alleged victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said the doctor sexually assaulted him while inserting a catheter.


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The attack is said to have taken place behind a curtain while five other patients lay nearby.

The court has heard from two men who claim they were assaulted in the same way by Arora at the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland, four years earlier.

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Arora received a caution from West Midlands Police after being caught engaged in a sex act with another man in Sandwell Valley Park, near West Bromwich, less than two weeks after the alleged incident in Norwich, the court heard.

The married father-of-one told the court this was his first homosexual encounter. He said: 'I have never been interested in men.

'I had never engaged in sexual activity with a man at all.'

He accepted that his nationality and Hindu faith meant a stigma was often attached to homosexuality.

Earlier in the trial, the patient described the attack.

He said: 'You go to hospital for help, not for somebody to take advantage of you.'

The trial continues

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