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Doctor charged with sex assaults on six female patients

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

A doctor has appeared in court accused of sexually assaulting female patients.

Dr Tony Chee (45) from Waringfield Close in Craigavon faced seven charges of sexual assault against six women.

They are alleged to have happened at Richhill Health Centre in Co Armagh between 2009 and 2011, when the practice severed its ties with him.

The GP showed no emotion as the string of charges were read out during his first appearance at Armagh Magistrates Court.

He spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth, and nodded to indicate that he understood all of the allegations.

Releasing Dr Chee on bail of £1,000, District Judge Paul Copeland ordered him to adhere to strict bail conditions which included a ban on unsupervised contact with female patients. Other bail conditions imposed prevent Dr Chee from contacting any of the complainants and he must live at an address approved by the court.

The court also heard that the police investigation was still ongoing and the doctor had already surrendered his passport to police.

Dressed in a dark suit, white shirt and striped tie, Dr Chee was accompanied in the public gallery by a woman, believed to be his wife.

He is due to appear at Armagh Magistrates Court again on October 14.

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