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Sex charges doctor 'was bomb-proof'

By Tim Moynihan

A doctor raped and indecently assaulted young girls thinking he was "bomb-proof" because no one would believe a child over him, a court has heard.

Michael Salmon (79) worked at hospitals in Buckinghamshire including Stoke Mandeville in Aylesbury, which has been in the spotlight after disclosures about the activities of disgraced late DJ Jimmy Savile.

But Miranda Moore QC, prosecuting at Reading Crown Court, said Savile would hardly feature at all in the case.

"There might be the odd passing reference, but there's no suggestion that this defendant abused a young female patient in concert with Jimmy Savile. It's simply that these allegations relate to a time when the other things were happening," she said.

Salmon, of Salisbury, Wiltshire, faces three counts of rape, 11 of indecent assault, and two of using an instrument with intent to procure a miscarriage.

The charges relate to eight girls aged from 11 to 18, between 1973 and 1988. Salmon described his accusers as "gold diggers" and said: "I'm speechless. I've never in my life raped anyone."

He denies all the counts. The trial is expected to last four weeks and was adjourned until this morning.

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