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Indecent assault case against St John Ambulance man thrown out.

Byline: Duncan Higgitt

A ST JOHN AMBULANCE man accused of groping a woman patient during a bogus medical exam was yesterday cleared after the case against him collapsed.

Paul Russell, 39, allegedly asked the woman to take off her blouse and trousers so he could check her blood pressure.

Prosecutor Robert Buckland said Russell used a stethoscope on the woman's breasts and groin after telling her he would check her temperature.

He said, 'Russell is a member of the St John's Ambulance, the well known charity that provides first aid.

'This woman was indecently assaulted by Russell who abused his position. He carried out a bogus health check on her which amounted to indecent assault,' he said.

But in court yesterday, Mr Buckland told the jury there was 'insufficient evidence' to proceed with the case against Russell.

The prosecution offered no evidence in the case. Russell, of Abertillery, had denied indecent assault.

Judge William Gaskell directed the jury to deliver a formal not guilty verdict against the St John Ambulance man.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 1, 2003
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