Brian Harris, Welsh Psychiatrist, on trial for raping five patients


Penarth Times
Doctor ‘raped patients’ at hospitals in South Wales, including Sully Hospital – court hears
March 14, 2017

Psychiatrist Brian Harris

A HOME Office psychiatrist carried out sex attacks on five patients at hospitals in South Wales, including Sully Hospital, a court heard today.

Dr Brian Harris, 77, is accused of 13 charges of rape, sexual assault and rape on the five patients.

Merthyr Crown Court heard the sex crimes were alleged 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 at a hospital.

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 aged just 23 when he was attacked by Harris while he was an inpatient at a Cardiff hospital in 1991. The alleged attacks are said to have taken place at various hospitals and clinics where Harries worked in South Wales including Sully Hospital, the Royal Glamorgan Hospital and Trealaw clinic.

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 at Merthyr Crown Court is expected to last up to five weeks.

Brian Harris