Brian Harris, Cardiff psychiatrist, accused of indecent assault and rape against five patients at hospitals

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Penarth Times
Psychiatrist denies sex attacks at hospitals – including Sully
By Anthony Lewis
March 14, 2017

Psychiatrist Brian Harris

Psychiatrist Brian Harris

A HOME Office psychiatrist accused of carrying out historic sex attacks on patients at hospitals across south Wales – including Sully – has appeared in court.

Dr Brian Harris, 77, is accused of 13 charges of sexual assault, indecent assault and rape against five patients at hospitals – including the old Sully Hospital.

Merthyr Crown Court heard today how the sex crimes were allegedly carried out at clinics and hospitals on “vulnerable” men over a 20-year period.

Dr Harris allegedly sexually assaulted one man at an NHS hospital and a second while he recovered from brain damage.

Prosecutor Ian Wright said a third alleged victim was “subject to a catalogue of serious sexual assaults including rape”, at Dr Harris’ clinics.

Mr Wright said: “He abused the trust that was placed in him.

“They were vulnerable patients in his care.”

The youngest victim was said to be aged just 23 when he was allegedly attacked by Harris while he was an inpatients at a Cardiff hospital in 1991.

Other incidents are said to have taken place at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital.

Harris, of Cardiff, denies 13 charges of sexual assault, indecent assault and rape against five men.

The allegations are said to have taken place between 1991 and 2011.

The trial is expected to last up to five weeks.