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GP jailed for indecent assaults
Dr Roy Murray arriving at court
Murray was sentenced in front of many of his victims
A retired Merseyside GP has been jailed for six years on 23 counts of indecently assaulting women patients at his surgery in St Helens.

The judge at Liverpool Crown Court branded former family doctor Roy Murray, 62, from Bromborough in Wirral, a "healer turned predator".

Murray, who pleaded not guilty, was convicted at an earlier hearing.

He was cleared of two indecent assaults and the jury failed to reach verdicts on five more.

You cynically preyed upon that trust for your own sexual gratification
Judge Brian Lewis
Murray was found not guilty of seven further charges on the judge's directions.

During the nine-week trial, the court heard he submitted his victims to needless intimate medical examinations at his single practitioner surgery from 1981 until his retirement in 2002.

The married father-of-three was arrested in August 2002 after one woman confided in a counsellor, who alerted police.

But police believed there may be more victims and more than 40 women came forward after Murray was arrested.

A helpline was set up for his victims by the local health authority.

'No remorse'

Murray, originally from Banff in Scotland, shook his head as he was sentenced on Friday, in front of many of his victims who attended court.

Jailing him, Judge Brian Lewis said: "It is difficult in my experience to imagine a case involving a breach of trust more serious than this.

"Anyone who has been in the court would have been struck by the number of times witnesses used expressions such as `you trust your doctor, I was brought up to respect the doctor'.

"You cynically preyed upon that trust for your own sexual gratification.

"Over a period of 14 years in an appalling inversion of your role you were healer turned predator.

"You have shown no remorse."




SEE ALSO:
Prison warning for sex attack GP
09 Aug 04  |  Merseyside
GP sexually assaulted 19 patients
06 Aug 04  |  Merseyside


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