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Birmingham surgeon Nafees Hamid subjected woman to 'lengthy assault'

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Image caption Surgeon Nafees Hamid denies a total of 14 charges involving 10 patients

A medical patient has told a court she "froze" as a neurosurgeon subjected her to a lengthy sexual assault during an examination.

The 26-year-old said she had been referred to specialist Nafees Hamid, 50, over a back problem.

But during one examination she said she was subjected to a sexual assault that lasted "20 minutes", a jury at Birmingham Crown Court heard.

Mr Hamid, from Moseley, Birmingham, denies 14 sexual offences.

He is accused of assaulting 10 different patients while employed at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth and Priory hospitals between 2009 and 2013.

The woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, reported the alleged assault to police hours afterwards.

Routine examination

On the second day of the trial, the court was played tapes of interviews she gave police.

During the examination she said Mr Hamid had prompted her to remove her underwear using a "tugging" motion.

"I pulled them down just to above my knees, then he just pulled them completely off," she said.

She also claimed at one stage the surgeon "asked me to roll onto my side and the whole of that time his groin was pushed up against my hip".

The woman said: "I was scared. My conscience knew what he was doing, but I was frozen to the spot.

"I wanted to get up and run away but I had no clothes on."

Later, she told the interviewing officer: "I was in the doctor's and you trust them. I thought it was a routine examination."

After leaving the surgeon's office, she said she walked to her car and "burst into tears", calling a relative to tell her, "I think I've just been sexually assaulted".

She told police the incident had left her feeling "ashamed".

The trial continues.

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