Manish used high profile cases of celebrities; Angelina Jolie and Jade Goody to talk his victims into agreeing to a medical check up. The victims were mostly between the ages of 15-39. He persuaded them to undergo unnecessary intimate examinations for his gratification. The court labelled him as a master deceiver.
Manish Shah, fifty years old, would always manipulate his patients based on their age and family history of cancer.
Manish claimed to have been practising defensive medicine. He used flattery and fear on his patients to carry out the examination. He would not always wear gloves while conducting these tests. In one instance, he left a patient utterly naked on the examination table.
Manish would give smear tests to women under the age of twenty-five, and routine breasts examination to women under fifty. These tests caused more harm than good. Manish also disregarded the use of chaperones during intimate tests.
Detective Superintendent Tara McGovern said that Shah placed himself in a busy surgery as a General Practitioner and preyed on the women’s vulnerability by performing the unnecessary tests.
Fifteen victims sat in the court waiting to hear the final verdict from the judge. Judge Anne sentenced him to three life sentences with no chance of parole for 15 years. The judge quoted one of the victims who said that; Manish would always make up stories that got into the patients head and cause panic.
The judge also added that Shah abused his positions as a doctor, causing a horrible abuse of power and trust which caused the patients incalculable harm. Manish Shah’s desire to control women drove his unreasonable behaviour.
The court said that Shah’s ability to offend rose because of his profession; hence, the stripping of his title as a doctor.
Paul Goddard of Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service said that Manish, a trusted family doctor took advantage of the given trust to abuse his female patients and falsify medical documents to justify the intimate medical examination by saying that the patients suggested the test.
Manish Shahs youngest victim, a fifteen-year-old girl, said that the ordeal left her anxious and fearful of the next time she had to go for an examination. The lady added that, the incident left her afraid of men and afraid of being seen as a sex object.
Within five years, Manish had assaulted six patients in Mawney medical Centre in St Edwards Way. In another trial in 2018, Manish was convicted of offences relating to an additional 18 women bringing the total to 24 women and 90 offences.