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A POLICE doctor drugged and raped an 11-year-old girl on numerous occasions, a court heard yesterday.

She alleged he would attack her at his home on a wooden board with red straps which he called Satan's Pillow.

Forensic medical examiner Dr Robert Wells, 52, was also accused of indecently assaulting two sisters, aged five and 11.

And Winchester crown court was told he filmed the attacks.

"The allegations we make are about as serious as could be made against a doctor," said Stephen Parish, prosecuting.

He said the attacks on the girls took place in a flat Wells owned in St Denys, Southampton.

"One he raped on many occasions, the other two he sexually abused on one occasion.

"But the offences are made worse by the fact Dr Wells drugged his victims.

"A further feature is that he videoed himself doing it."

Mr Parish said the alleged victims were children of adults Wells had befriended.

"He was, to coin a phrase, a Dr Jekyll and Dr Hyde."

He said Wells assaulted the sisters after their mother agreed to let them stay at his flat on February 23 last year.

Wells had told the mother, whom he had known for 10 years, his own daughter was staying.

But when Wells dropped them off at their home in Brighton the following day, the mother noticed the older girl was "spaced out".

Tests in hospital revealed she had benzodiazepine in her body. Temazepam showed up in samples from her younger sister.

Both drugs would have knocked the girls out and caused them to suffer amnesia.

Mr Parish said the levels in the older daughter could have been potentially fatal.

When interviewed she said she had been given a spoonful of "white stuff" and Angel Delight but could not remember much of the evening or next day.

Officers found a piece of paper at Wells' home which the prosecution allege was a timetable for the drugging and abuse of the two sisters.

The words "Angel Delight" and "Viagra" were written down.

Police seized a computer and found a film had been created and deleted in the early hours of February 26. Deleted files with the name of the other 11-year-old were also discovered.

She was the daughter of a friend in Brighton, where Wells also has a home. She told officers Wells had attacked her during 2002 and early 2003.

The girl said that sometimes she used to give a urine sample and referred to being sleepy.

She said that Wells would ask if she could remember what happened the previous night and she would say no. Tests found the girl had been raped and the drug temazepam was in a hair sample.

At Wells' Brighton home, police found a movie of her being assaulted in his camper van.

Other images involving the girl and child pornography were also found on Wells' computers , the court was told.

Wells denies three counts of rape, five counts of indecent assault and two counts of administering drugs.

The trial continues.


TRIAL: Wells leaves Winchester Crown Court (inset) yesterday
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 6, 2004
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