Psychiatrist accused of sexually assaulting five men over two decades
April 11, 2017
A jury has been sent out to consider its verdict in the trial of a psychiatrist accused of 13 sexual offences against patients.
Dr Brian Harris, 77, is on trial at Merthyr Crown Court facing 13 charges of sexual assault, indecent assault and rape against five men between 1991 and 2011 while he was working at the Trealaw Clinic in Rhondda Cynon Taff and the Royal Glamorgan Hospital. He denies all the charges against him.
Over the past four weeks, a jury of seven women and five men have heard recorded police interviews with witnesses about how Dr Harris allegedly raped one former patient and sexually assaulted others.
In police interviews one former patient, who can’t be identified for legal reasons, said – “I was very vulnerable at the time. I had a breakdown. I wasn’t thinking right. He took advantage of me. I didn’t want him to do this.”
The court heard how Dr Harris told the man’s mother to leave the room during their consultations and would then sexually assault him.
“I couldn’t understand how brazen he was about it in his office. I wish someone had walked in.”
“I didn’t want to do what I was doing. He had so much power. He had control of my drugs and whether I could stay out of hospital. I had to do sexual things to get my medication. “
The jury also heard from another former patient who had been diagnosed with bi-polar disorder.
He alleges Dr Harris told him to undress so he could examine him and then touched him inappropriately.
He said “Who would listen? I was worried no one would believe me.”
The court was told that since retiring Dr Harris has suffered a decline in what was described as cognitive function and was deemed unfit to give evidence in his own defence. The jury heard witness statements of Dr Harris’s good character and his reputation as a psychiatrist.
The jury has now retired to consider their verdicts.