Search

Doc cleared of groping

PUBLISHED: 14:46 12 March 2008 | UPDATED: 09:49 12 August 2010

A DOCTOR accused of groping a seven-year-old girl during a check-up for hayfever was cleared on Wednesday, March 5.  GP Markandu Ragupathy, 57, of Den Close, Beckenham, was alleged to have pushed his hands inside the schoolgirl s underwear and grabbed her

A DOCTOR accused of groping a seven-year-old girl during a check-up for hayfever was cleared on Wednesday, March 5.

GP Markandu Ragupathy, 57, of Den Close, Beckenham, was alleged to have pushed his hands inside the schoolgirl's underwear and grabbed her bottom.

However, the doctor denied sexual assault and claimed both the child and her mother were mistaken about the examination at the Torridon Road Surgery in Catford, on June 22 last year.

Jurors at Blackfriars Crown Court took just one hour and 36 minutes to find him not guilty of sexual assault.

They heard evidence both from the youngster and her mother, and were played a recording of the 999 call made by the distressed parent, who cannot be named, minutes after the incident.

The mother told the police operator at first she was "not 100 per cent sure" at what she had seen as her daughter was facing her.

But when she asked what had happened to the little girl, she said: "He put his hand inside my knickers and grabbed my bottom.

0 comments

Latest news

Friday, December 7, 2018

A jealous ex-husband who subjected his former partner to harassment and abuse before callously murdering her then going on the run has been found guilty of murder.

Friday, December 7, 2018

More than 800 participants took part in the Bromley Santa Dash last month as the festive fitness tradition entered its seventh year.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Ravens had last Saturday off with scheduled opponents Wrexham in FA Cup action

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Hackney-born Sam Toluwase not only promises to add some firepower to the London City Royals — he’s also destined to put more than a few on the gate.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Bromley Council is set to appoint a new temporary top boss following the resignation of its chief executive.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Officers have made a number of arrests this morning (Thursday, December 6), including in areas of Bexley and Bromley as part of an investigation into violent disorder which occurred on August 25 in the Hounslow area.

Most read

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Bromley Times e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Bromley Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24