Sex assault doctor set to be jailed

A doctor convicted of sexually assaulting a male patient on a busy hospital ward is expected to be jailed.

Manav Arora, 37, from Birmingham, denied the sexual assault at Norwich Crown Court but was found guilty after a four-day trial.

The locum doctor was working at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital when the incident is alleged to have happened in September last year. He is due to return to court on Friday for sentencing.

The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said the doctor groped and then performed oral sex on him while inserting a catheter.

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

The trial also 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.

After the verdict, the prosecutor Andrew Shaw said Arora had also been suspended in 2005 after a similar accusation was made at a hospital in Portsmouth.

Indian-born Arora also received a caution from West Midlands Police after being caught engaging in a sex act with another man in Sandwell Valley Park near West Bromwich less than two weeks after the incident in Norwich.

After the jury's verdict, Judge Guy Ayers told Arora : "You have been convicted on the plainest possible evidence.

"The question for me is how long a custodial sentence will be."