Mill Hill doctor denies sexual assault at Barnet and Borehamwood surgeries

A crown court jury has been told that a Mill Hill GP accused of groping his receptionist, also fondled a young woman while examining her two year-old daughter.

Dr Ayoola Makanjuola, 53, of Page Street, Mill Hill, was also said to have groped the young mum during a previous appointment, by placing her hand between his legs.

The GP has pleaded not guilty at Wood Green Crown Court to four counts of sexually assaulting the 25 year-old patient on various dates between October 27, 2008 and January 20, last year at his surgery in Bell Hill, Bicknoller, Barnet.

He also denies six counts of indecently assaulting his 43 year-old receptionist between March 31 and June 4, 2002, while they worked alone at an isolated Borehamwood out-of-hours surgery.

Prosecutor David Markham said: "The man in the dock is a GP who has abused his position of power and trust by sexually touching two females in his workplace.

"It is a feature that this defendant exceeded the professional boundaries with each complainant and failed to control his urges and made no secret of his attraction to each female."

The patient was a mum-to-be when she saw Dr Makanjuola on October 27, 2008. The examination involved him rubbing her body and "she was left feeling something inappropriate had happened," explained Mr Markham.

The patient insisted her nurse friend chaperoned her on all future appointments, but the doctor's behaviour continued, said Mr Markham.

He continued: "The friend was taken aback by a remark from Dr Makanjuola that the two women were lesbians and that he would be the patient's next boyfriend."

The patient next saw the doctor because of flu symptoms, when, Mr Markham alleges, the accused touched her inappropriately while he examined her chest.

She was next forced to see the GP alone, because her toddler daughter was ill. But while he examined the child, the doctor sexually touched the mother's chest and then took the mother's hand and placed it onto his body in "a sexual manner".

The patient reported the GP to police the next day and he was arrested on February 10, but denied all the allegations.

His former receptionist also made a statement to police, complaining she was similarly groped while working alone with Dr Makanjuola a decade earlier.

She also alleges that the doctor asked her inappropriate questions and "made it clear he was sexually attracted to her."

Mr Markham alleges that on one occasion, the doctor grabbed her from behind and pulled her towards his body, before sexually touching her.

The receptionist complained to the General Medical Council, but after a hearing in 2003 Dr Makanjuola was cleared of the allegations.

The trial is expected to last two weeks.

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