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'Voluminous files' of evidence against Northern Ireland GP accused of sexually assaulting patients

By Paul Higgins

Published 22/09/2015

Accused: Dr Tony Chee
Accused: Dr Tony Chee
Dr Tony Chee outside court

There are 120 binders of evidence against a GP accused of sexually assaulting patients, a judge heard today.

Applying for the case against 45-year-old Tony Chee to be adjourned for three weeks, a prosecuting lawyer told Armagh Magistrates Court that in that period, the PPS and defence teams would consult about the best way to serve and copy the "voluminous files."

Dr Chee, originally from Malaysia and with an address at Waringfield Close on Moira, is on bail facing eight counts of sexually assaulting seven female patients at the Richhill health centre where he worked on various dates between October 2009 and July 2011 although one offence is alleged to have happened "on a date unknown between 2004 and 2011."

A previous court heard however that he is to be charged with 11 further similar allegations and today the prosecution described the case as "very, very significant."

She told the court that the next time the case came before the court, a date for a committal Preliminary Enquiry could be set and that the three weeks to 13 October is "really for logistics to see how we will serve the papers and how to copy them and to allow the defence sufficient resources and sufficient time to review them."

Releasing Chee on continuing bail, District Judge Paul Copeland said the papers being sense was a "significant development" and ordered the GP to come back on 13 October.

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