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Patient 'made up' allegations - sex charge osteopath; PRACTITIONER DENIES GROPING WOMAN DURING TREATMENT.

Byline: ERYL CRUMP Daily Post Chief Reporter

AN osteopath accused of sexually assaulting a female patient claimed the woman had made up the allegations.

ge Hamaking he ic Michael George Hammond denies taking advantage of the woman at a clinic on Anglesey during a treatment session in 2016 and is standing trial.

| Michael f Giving evidence the 61-year-old, of Llangoed, near Beaumaris, told at Caernarfon Crown Court he was alone in the building with the woman that day.

the jury He had been treating her for shoulder and neck problems for about a year and, before the PS30 session started, told her to get changed and left the treatment room.

Hammond claimed he had told her previously she didn't need to get changed to her underwear and only needed to remove her top during the appointment.

But he woma be n rea into knh to th "al an Hammo added the woman, who cannot named for legal reasons, would inavriably strip her bra and knickers and never covered herself with a towel, although these were "always there and available". Hammond said he worked across her neck and shoulders using an ultrasound machine and then worked the muscles across the top of her chest.

Hammond Quizzed by his barrister Simon Mintz, he denied groping her breasts under her bra.He also disputed asking to kiss her or commenting about her breasts.

"She says you groped her, did you?" the lawyer asked.

"No," replied Hammond.

"She says when she got up you touched her again and made comments, did it happen?" Mr Mintz said.

"Not at all," insisted Hammond.

A registered osteopath since 2000, Hammond said there was no osteopathic need to touch the woman's breasts.

Cross-examined by prosecutor Ffion Tomos Hammond, he claimed the woman had made up the allegations.

"Isn't it right that she has no reason to lie. She's the one who came to court and told the truth," suggested Ms Tomos.

"No," said Hammond. Earlier the jury of eight women and four men heard Hammond had pleaded guilty to a charge of voyeurism when he appeared before a judge last summer.

Ms Tomos said that between January 2007 and December 2009 he had secretly filmed himself and a former patient engaging in consensual sexual activity in an osteopath treatment room when he lived in Liverpool.

Explaining the video, Hammond said he had an affair with a woman who used to be a patient.

"She used to come in the clinic and we would have sex in the clinic. I did video (us) having sex."

He added the woman had no idea she was being filmed.

Hammond said he had pleaded guilty to the charge but added he had no other convictions, warnings or cautions.

The trial continues.

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Jul 25, 2018
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