Mohamed Amrani a UK heart surgeon is spared jail after molesting two women cause he is too talented. Did a court make the right decision?
Mohamed Amrani a ‘leading’ UK heart surgeon who sexually assaulted two women in a hospital was earlier this week spared jail during sentencing after a judge said the medic is too good at his job to go to jail.
The decision comes after the 54 year old heart surgeon was convinced his victims would keep quiet because of his senior position at the Harefield Hospital in Hillingdon, west London reported the UK’s sun.
Amrani comes highly revered, having performed life-saving operations around the world, with the surgeon in 2007 carrying out the UK’s first double heart valve replacement using keyhole surgery.
Nevertheless the man’s career is now in ruins following his conviction of assaulting two women at the Old Bailey.
A jury convicted the man of groping a woman’s breasts twice between 2003 and 2004 in the Harefield, along with sexually assaulting another woman in 2014 by smacking her backside at the Cromwell private hospital in Kensington, west London.
Amrani was cleared of four counts of indecent assault, two of assault by penetration, and one count of sexual assault, all involving three other women.
The jury could not reach a verdict on a rape charge, and a not guilty verdict was formally entered after the prosecution offered no evidence.
During trial proceedings, one victim told of having complained to management only to be told, ‘just ignore him, he does it to everyone’.
The first victim claimed the assaults caused her ‘profound anxiety’, with the woman telling so traumatized had she been, that in the end she was ‘reluctant’ to go out on her own.
Peter Clement, prosecuting, said: ‘His position conferred a high degree of authority, power and trust.
‘He breached all three for his own sexual gratification confident that those whom he assaulted would not dare make a formal complaint.’
But that’s not the way Amrani’s legal defense team saw matters.
Retorted the defense counsel, Stephen Vullo QC: ‘Where somebody has extraordinary, if not unique skills, the public interest falls into maybe allowing that person to practice.
“It is just a fact that people died during the period of Mr Amrani’s suspension.’
Told Judge Anne Molyneux: ‘You have saved lives, you have enhanced lives. You have done work which others were not willing to do. You have shown commitment to the National Health Service.’
‘In my judgement, this was an abuse of power, rising from the trust placed in you by the hospital.’
But, agreeing with Mr Vullo QC, she added: ‘These proceedings have had a profound effect on you, your career, your family and your finances. You haven’t been able to work since February 2015.
‘The public interest may well be in favor of your operating again.’
Amrani, of Harrow, north west London, was handed a six-month sentence, suspended for a year, and will be on the sex offenders’ register for seven years.
He was also ordered to pay £8,000 towards the prosecution costs, and will have to take part in 25 days of rehabilitation activity.
It wasn’t necessarily understood when the man would operate again and which medical facilities would extend a vote of faith in the man who’d exhibited the propensity to abuse his position of authority and trust.
The decision comes after judge in Oxford said he would not jail a ‘brilliant’ Oxford University medical student as it would ruin her career.
Lavinia Woodward, 24, was found guilty of stabbing her boyfriend in a drink and drug-fueled frenzy. She will be sentenced in September.
Isn’t it time you also found yourself being part of the gilded class and eschewed the normal penalties that would otherwise be doled out to the dregs, deplorables and normal citizens of society. If only ….
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— PennClinNeg (@penn_clinneg) June 9, 2017