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Alternative medicine pair deny fraud and sex assault allegations; 'UNQUALIFIED' MAN ACCUSED OF ABUSING ELDERLY PATIENTS.

Byline: ROBIN TURNER

A 77-YEAR-OLD man who ran a homeopathic medicine centre with his 35-year-old wife falsely claimed he could cure cancer in order to sexually abuse two women patients, it was alleged yesterday.

A jury at Swansea Crown Court was told Reginald Gill and his wife Leila used various lotions plus a machine which had probe attachments giving off electric shocks to cure what they claimed was cancer.

Huw Rees, prosecuting, said Reginald Gill told the two women patients, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, that he had been an army doctor.

But the prosecutor said it emerged later he had been in the catering corps.

Leila Gill, he said, did not have any pharmaceutical or medical qualifications.

Reginald Gill denies three counts of sexual assault and six of penetrative assault while his wife denies one count of sexual assault. Both defendants are also denying two joint counts of fraud by representing to two patients they were suffering from cancer and that they could cure it.

Mr Rees said the two patients, who were of mature years, were examined intimately while completely naked by Reginald Gill who was not using medical gloves. The prosecutor alleged it amounted to sexual abuse.

He added that on one occasion Leila Gill sexually assaulted one of the patients. He told the jury the couple ran their alternative medicine centre at their home in the village of Cwmduad, Carmarthenshire, and the two patients approached them for help.

Opening the prosecution case, Mr Rees said: "This is about deceit and the sexual abuse of strangers. The prosecution alleges the defendants were involved in both."

The court heard one of the patients met the Gills at a South Wales health fayre where the couple informed her about their ozone therapy.

Mr Rees said: "She made an appointment to visit them at their home and was examined by Reginald Gill who told her she was 'in a bad way'."

He said he examined her while she was naked and added he informed her he could feel lumps in her breasts.

Mr Rees said: "Bizarrely he told her she needed a man to suck her breasts for half an hour each day."

The prosecutor alleged Reginald Gill told the woman she had cancer but that he could "kill" the disease within two days.

The court heard the patient stayed overnight in a guest bedroom and the next day was given more examinations and treatment using an IFAS machine which Mr Rees said had attachments giving off an electric charge.

He said: "At one pont he kissed her in the middle of the stomach for some reason. He told her he had been a medical officer during World War Two.

"She began to believe that what had happened to her was that she had been sexually abused.

She went to a council trading standards department."

Mr Rees said the second woman patient was told by Reginald Gill she had "big problems".

She too was allegedly intimately examined with her clothes off and she was given treatment by the IFAS machine.

Mr Rees said Reginald Gill told her she had cancer of the larynx but that it had started in her vagina. Mr Rees said: "She visited her own doctor and she noticed her doctor's examination was different, there was no feeling or rubbing."

Mr Rees said blood tests later confirmed the absence of any cancer.

The Gills were arrested on May 24, 2011.

Mr Rees said: "In essence they were to say that their practice of alternative medicine was genuine."

Both defendants denied all along that there was anything sexual in their treatment of the patients and Reginald Gill said he had been given training in vibration therapy and physiotherapy.

He also said Reginald Gill said the IFAS machine had been used by the NHS.

Mr Rees said: "The prosecution case is this, the treatments were wholly unnecessary and meaningless. They used false diagnosis of cancer for their own sexual gratification."

Mr Rees claimed the actions of the two defendants were "cynical and heartless".

The trial continues.

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* Leila Rose Gill and Reginald John Gill outside Swanesa Crown Court
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Date:Jan 31, 2012
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