Bail reduced in sex assault case


A doctor charged with sexually assaulting two young women while examining them in the Mater Hospital has succeeded in having his bail reduced in the High Court.

Ms Pauline Walley, counsel for the State, told Mr Justice O'Higgins that Dr Aftab Ahmed had been granted bail in October of last year, consisting of a cash lodgment of £5,100 together with an independent surety of £10,000.

Mr Cormac Quinn, counsel for Dr Ahmed, said his client had not been able to raise the bail and had been in custody since August of last year. Since that time he had been tried on both charges, which he had firmly denied, and the jury had disagreed on a verdict.

Mr Quinn said Dr Ahmed sought a substantial reduction in bail. A new trial had been arranged for October 29th next.

Mr Justice O'Higgins reduced the cash lodgment to £4,500 and the independent surety to £5,000.