False limb expert "made sexual gestures" at female colleague, professional hearing told (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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False limb expert "made sexual gestures" at female colleague, professional hearing told
A FALSE limb expert unzipped his trousers and told a female colleague to “ride that baby”, a misconduct hearing was told.
Prosthetist Benedict Doree who worked for a private company based at James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, is accused of being abusive and bullying colleagues, making a string of inappropriate sexual gestures and driving his car at a colleague, knocking him off his feet.
On at least three occasions Mr Doree, who is a senior Freemason, pushed a woman colleague's head into his crotch, thrusting his pelvis towards her, the hearing heard.
Another time, when the same woman was bending over, he appeared behind her and simulated intercourse.
He also frequently visited her office while she was alone to massage her shoulders.
The hearing was also told he called a male colleague abusive names and told him he had a photo of his wife.
Mr Doree is facing a fitness to practice hearing by professional body the Health Care Professions Council in Middlesbrough this week. He denies all allegations.
His former boss at Otto Bock’s Teesside office, Stephen McMeechan told the hearing he was in the work car park when he heard a “sudden acceleration from Mr Doree’s vehicle”.
“He continued to accelerate towards Colleague A which caused him to go on the bonnet,” he said.
After the incident he said Mr Doree “was angry and became very abusive to colleague A”.
CCTV evidence also showed the car incident.
Paul Reid, representing Mr Doree, said: “You have completely misinterpreted what you did see.
"The CCTV is totally misleading. An expert forensic analyst has looked at the tyre marks and examined this in great detail and the evidence was that the car came into a car park at three miles per hour and came to a stop and at no time it was accelerating.”
Mr McMeechan told the hearing that after the car incident a female colleague who worked for the NHS came to him and told him about a number of occasions when Mr Doree, a former Grand Master of Acklam Freemasons Lodge, had sexually harassed her.
“She had become desensitised to it in a way but I was shocked,” he said.
Mr Reid said Mr Doree’s behaviour was “banter” between colleagues and said that, had it been inappropriate, he would not have been promoted to deputy manager of the centre.
The hearing continues.