Sky News, May 23, 2013
A GP who used a secret camera inside his watch to record himself abusing female patients has been jailed for 12 years.
Family doctor Davinder Jeet Bains, 46, worked in Royal Wootton Bassett, near Swindon, and used his job to assault more than two dozen women.
He filmed the attacks on his four gigabyte watch, which has been compared to something out of a James Bond film.
In all, he admitted a total of 39 charges: 13 of assault by penetration, 13 of voyeurism, 11 of sexual assault and two of sexual activity with a child.
He also asked for a further 65 offences – 10 of sexual assault by penetration, eight of sexual assault and 47 of voyeurism – to be taken into account when the judge passed sentence.
Bains, of Nyland Road, Swindon, committed offences against 27 women – aged from 15 to 51 – between July 2010 and May 2012.
The police investigation began after a 17-year-old student told officers that Bains had plied her with alcohol and sexually assaulted her.
Bains was wearing the watch when detectives arrested him at the Tinkers Lane Surgery. They later recovered 350 high-quality video clips from the watch and his home computer.
When officers later showed Bains some of the footage he had recorded, he deliberately shut his eyes because it was “dull”.
Judge Douglas Field called him a “disgrace to the medical profession” and said the recording of the offences was an aggravating factor.
“The videos were taken by you using a specially constructed watch to record the intimate examination of these woman and girls – no doubt for your later sexual gratification,” said the judge.
“You disregarded the welfare of these women and girls to commit these offences to satisfy your own perverted sexual appetite.”
Bains was put on the Sex Offenders’ Register and given an order banning him from possessing any device that can store or record videos.
He was also banned from having contact with girls under 16.
The court heard that two victims had previously complained to the managers at Tinkers Lane surgery – but no action was taken.
Detective Inspector Mark Garrett, head of Swindon CID, admitted: “That was a frustration in the investigation. The surgery had been informed before the police got involved.”
Dr Liz Mearns, speaking on behalf of NHS England, apologised to the victims and said she was “horrified” by the crimes.
She said changes had been implemented to protect patients and that an independent investigation had been commissioned to look at the case.