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Dentist who stalked ex faces being struck off

A dentist repeatedly harassed his ex-girlfriend by lurking near her home late at night in defiance of a restraining order, a hearing was told yesterday.

Alan Beck started dating Diane Rae after meeting in an online chatroom in May 2006.

But when their relationship failed he began sending Ms Rae unwanted text messages and greetings cards, the General Dental Council (GDC) heard.

Beck was banned by magistrates from going within 50 metres of Ms Rae’s home in Rosepark, Donaghadee, Co Down, in June last year.

But four days after the order was made he was spotted by Ms Rae “hunched” between her car and garage door in the early hours.

A neighbour gave chase and found him “hiding in a bush close by”, the hearing was told.

On September 12 last year the dentist was spotted walking along the street and repeatedly “turning his head in the direction of Ms Rae's House”. He later denied having been in the street when interviewed by police.

Beck, of Old Mill Park, Dundonald, was later given a three-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, after being found guilty of harassment and breaching the court order.

Inviting the panel to strike him off, Sandesh Singh, for the GDC, said: “It is clear that these matters are serious. Whatever the reason for this relationship failing, he subsequently displayed a clear disregard to Ms Rae's privacy, feelings and dignity.

“She made it clear that she did not want any contact from Mr Beck and wished for this to end. This was an invasion of the privacy of her home.

“It was repeat offending which continued over a significant |period of time. That persistence in the face of court orders is the most serious factor here.

“All of these incidents bring the profession into disrepute.”

Beck, who left his surgery in December as a result of the bad publicity generated by his case, |admitted he had “behaved |irrationally”.

Defence solicitor Malcolm Fortune said Beck acknowleged that “he could not accept the end of the relationship”.

“He is not proud of the way he behaved and he has acknowledged that his behaviour was not that expected of a dentist,” he said. “There have been no further complaints, no breaches of the court order and this is a chapter in Mr Beck's life that has now been closed.”

The panel will now rule on whether his fitness to practice has been impaired. If they decide it has, he could be struck off.

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