Newcastle Doctor Jeremy Coleman takes stand in sexual assault trial in Newcastle District Court

ACCUSED: Dr Jeremy Coleman, left, leaving Newcastle courthouse with his solicitor, Metin Ozmen. He is facing a lengthy sexual and indecent assault trial in Newcastle District Court. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers THE Newcastle general physician and allergy and immunology specialist accused of sexually and indecently assaulting 46 female patients says he always asked permission before conducting a breast or vaginal exam.

Dr Jeremy Coleman, 46, was giving evidence for the second day during his marathon sexual assault trial in Newcastle District Court, telling the jury that before he conducted anexamination he would explain why and ask for consent.

The well-known Newcastle doctor,who has seen more than 40,000 patients and conducted more than 150,000 consultations during his career, has pleaded not guilty to more than60 counts of sexual and indecent assault against 46female patientsbetween 1989 and 2013.

The trial has previously heard that very few patients resisted the request, with Crown prosecutor Paul Marr summarisingthe general sentiment as “this man is a specialist, maybe there is some reason for this”.

The prosecution contends that Dr Coleman did not have a “proper medical purpose” for the examinations that are the subject of the trial.

Defence barrister Pauline David has said that Dr Coleman’s only purpose for examining and touching every patient was a medical one.

“The defence position is that everything he did was proper and everything he did was for a proper medical purpose,” Ms David said during her opening address in August.

However, Dr Coleman’s evidence on Tuesday about conducting breast examinations contrasts sharplywith the prosecution case that Dr Coleman would touch women’s breasts in a sensual way or without warning.

“Some of the ladies were subject to touching of their breasts, in a way that they say had nothing to do withthe medical examinations,” Mr Marr said during his opening.

“Some described a sensual touching of their breasts, some described their nipples being touched, palm placed on his breasts and he spun his hands.”

Mr Marr said one patient described getting dressed after an examination when Dr Coleman “came up beside her and put his hand inside her top so that his hand is on her breast”.

Dr Jeremy Coleman on the process of conducting an external vaginal examination.

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