A Lincolnshire dentist and former Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate has described allegations that he groped one his patients as 'bizarre' and 'ridiculous'.
Liberal Democrat District Councillor at West Lindsey for the Cherry Willingham Ward, who failed to get elected as a Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament in 2005, is accused of 'weighing' the woman's breasts in his hands before 'tweaking' one of her nipples.
The alledged assault happened as Dr. Heath checked the patient's glands at the Genesis Dental Care practice in Gainsborough, after she complained of an abscess in her mouth, a jury has heard.
The first assault took place in front of one of the woman's friends and a dental nurse in August 2008, Nottingham Crown Court heard. The jury was told he then asked the woman's friend to leave the room while he carried out an X-ray.
Dr. Heath then allegedly assaulted the woman for a second time, removing her left breast and then right breast from her bra and 'weighing' them in his hands before 'tweaking' one of her nipples. The court heard that when the 44-year-old asked his victim to undo her trousers she refused, saying that she had been 'embarrassed enough'.
Dr. Heath denies the charge, saying he never touched the woman below the bottom of her neck. He said the woman also complained of pain down her left side and she pointed to near her armpit.
Questioned by Mr. Julian Woodbridge, defending, he said:
"I unequivocally deny that I sexually touched her. I completely reject these accusations. I think they are bizarre. It's ridiculous."Dr. Heath, who lost out to Edward Leigh MP, Conservative (Gainsborough), in the 2005 General Election, was arrested by police at his surgery the day after the alleged assault.
Earlier in the trial the victim's friend told the court she witnessed the first assault. She said:
"He felt her mouth, then her neck and then the left side of her breast."Dr. Heath, who is also accused of assaulting three other women, denies five counts of sexual assault between November 2007 and August 2008. The dentist, of Rosebery Avenue, Lincoln, whose wife, Cllr. Mrs. Helen Heath, Liberal Democrat (Carholme Ward) is a City of Lincoln Council member, is currently on bail. The case continues.