Doctor convicted on indecency charges

A 62-year-old Christchurch doctor evitably faces a “lengthy term of imprisonment” after his conviction on unlawful sexual connection and indecently assaulting male patients.

Judge Jane Farish today delivered her verdicts on Rakesh Kumar Chawdhry, after she heard the evidence against him in November at a judge-alone trial.

Chawdhry had denied 16 charges involving 14 male complainants, and Judge Farish today found him not guilty on four of the indecent assault charges.

However, she convicted him on one charge of unlawful sexual connection and 11 charges of indecent assault and remanded him for sentencing on February 21.

Defence counsel Paul Wicks QC applied for Chawdhry’s release on bail during the remand for sentencing but bail was opposed by Crown prosecutor Pip Norman.

She said imprisonment was inevitable. There was a presumption of imprisonment on the unlawful sexual connection charge.

Judge Farish told Chawdhry she would not grant him bail. “The inevitable sentence is a lengthy term of imprisonment,” she said.

Some suppression orders relating to the case remain in place, but some may be re-argued when Chawdhry is sentenced.

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