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Sunderland man posed as doctor to grope woman in pub, court told

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A MAN pretended to be a doctor so that he could sexually assault a woman in a pub, a court heard.

Kevin Ashton Taylor, 52, denies sexually assaulting a woman in Sunderland on May 15 last year.

The complainant, who appeared at Newcastle Crown Court to give evidence, said that Ashton Taylor had introduced himself as Doctor Jarrell and said he might be able to help her with a medical condition.

She said: “I was going through a bit of a bad time. He said something along the lines of that he could get me a prescribed medication.

“He was being nice, complimenting me and that.”

Newcastle Crown Court heard Taylor then asked to see part of the woman’s body affected by the condition.

She said: “I turned away so that no one could see me and lifted my waistband.”

The complainant said that Taylor, of Washington Street, Millfield, then sexually assaulted her, forcing his hand down into her pants and reassuring her by reiterating that he was a doctor.

After the alleged attack, the pair returned to their group and continued on with their afternoon.

A second sexual assault is alleged to have taken place later on in the evening when the group were walking home from the pub.

Taylor is alleged to have spoken about the possibility of performing a “boob job” on her, at this point the defendant is said to have reached into her top and groped her breast.

Later that evening, the group went with Taylor to his home where the defendant and her friend were shocked to find that it was empty, without furniture and that the bath was full of dirty laundry.

The complainant said: “We felt sorry for him but he told us that he was having the place done up.”

They also witnessed Taylor opening his laptop bag and documents falling out.

The documents had the name Kevin Ashton Taylor on them and included a benefits book, the court heard.

When the complainant realised that the man was not who he said he was, she immediately started an argument with him about it.

He then went out into the street and stopped a police officer, saying that the complainant was trying to steal money from him.

He was then arrested after police officers spoke to both parties.

Mr Gavin Doig, prosecuting, said that this was an “unusual case”.

•The trial continues

 
 
 

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