Date set for doctor’s trial

A new charge was laid in court today against Dr Rakesh Chawdhry, who then pleaded not guilty to two charges alleging indecent assaults on male clients.

The 62-year-old, who originally had name suppression when he appeared in court in June 2016, pleaded not guilty to 14 charges in December 2016, and pleaded not guilty to two more charges today. He now faces 15 charges of indecent assault, and one of unlawful sexual connection.

In the Christchurch District Court today Judge Jane Farish said the trial would start on November 13, and his defence counsel Paul Wicks, QC, said it would take three weeks.

Chawdhry worked at the Riccarton Clinic on and off as a self-employed contractor until December 2015, and the charges cover the period between January 2011 and December 2015.

He has voluntarily stood down from practising.

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