Derry GP cleared of carrying out sexually motivated examination

A Derry GP has won his appeal against being found to have carried out a sexually motivated examination on a female patient.

Earlier this year, a General Medical Council panel imposed a nine-month suspension on Dr Lee Casey over alleged improper conduct six years ago.

However, its determination was completely quashed by a judge at the High Court in Belfast yesterday.

Lord Justice Girvan identified serious inconsistencies in accounts given by the patient.

The GMC had found that Dr Casey took advantage of the "vulnerable" female patient when carrying out a chest investigation in June 2005.

It found that two allegations made by the patient were found to be proven, while two were not.

However, yesterday Lord Justice Girvan said the woman had completely abandoned an earlier version where she made claims about a highly sexualised encounter involving improper handling of her breasts.

He said the witness, Patient A, having made a number of serious allegations of sexual impropriety withdrew nearly all of them, leaving one allegation relating to the examination of her chest.