Friday, 6 November 2009

Dentist facing fresh sex assault charges in court

Update to "Three Charges of Sexual Assault Denied by Lib Dem".

Dentist and former district councillor, Adrian Heath, is due to appear in Lincoln Magistrates Court again today charged with two further offences of sexually assaulting female patients.

Dr. Adrian Heath is due before magistrates in Lincoln – and also faces an additional charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice. The former Liberal Democrat politician stood trial at Nottingham Crown Court in September on three counts of sexual assault on female patients at Genesis Dental Care in Gainsborough.

But a judge suspended the trial and the jury was dismissed after new evidence was offered to the prosecution.

Dr. Heath – who is a former West Lindsey district councillor and stood for the Liberal Democrats in the Gainsborough Constituency at the 2005 General Election – had denied three charges of sexual assault between June and August 2008.

Now police have revealed that a fourth female made aware of press coverage of the trial has made further allegations concerning Dr. Heath's conduct.

Dr. Heath is now due to appear at Lincoln Magistrates' Court today in relation to these new charges, which are expected to be committed for trial at crown court. A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police said:
"It is anticipated that a new trial date will be set for March 2010. This fourth woman approached police after reading about the trial in the local press.

"Lincolnshire Police are continuing with their investigation into the conduct of Mr Heath while he was working at a number of practices.

"And we would appeal to any person, or former patient, who has any information that they believe may be relevant to the inquiry to make contact."

During the 2005 General Election, Dr. Heath came second to Conservative Party veteran Edward Leigh MP.

Mr. Leigh took a convincing fifth win in a row by polling nearly 8,000 votes more than Liberal Democrat candidate Heath.

During then Cllr. Heath's 2005 general election campaign, he said he wished he had not revealed his day job. He said the worst thing he had ever done was to say he was an NHS dentist on his election material because people had started asking for quotes on root canals rather than talking about election issues.

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