A Tasburgh resident and former Norfolk doctor jailed for child rape and sexual assault has been handed a further three years behind bars after admitting further abuse.
Dr Hugh O’Neill, 63, who was a GP at Horsford Medical Centre, is currently serving a 12 year jail term for the rape and sexual assault convictions against two girls aged under 14 after being sentenced at the end of January last year. Those offences took place between January 1, 1995 and December 31, 2002, and did not relate to his job as a doctor.
O’Neill was sentenced today after admitting to further abuse of 13 female police officers at Norfolk Constabulary where he was Force Medical Advisor between 1991 and 2003.
In her opening speech for the sentencing, defending barrister Kate Davey made reference to the individual victim impact statements, saying: “There are several recurring themes throughout the statements. Many speak of feeling uncomfortable, embarrassed, angry but they felt that they had to put up with their medical examination so that they could succeed in their ambition to become full serving police officers.
“However uncomfortable they felt their medicals, however much they knew what was happening wasn’t right, they feared complaining would mean no job and/or no one would believe them.
“He took advantage of them repeatedly. By his pleas, O’Neill has of course accepted that none of the acts complained of formed part of any legitimate or necessary procedure or examination.
“He was an unscrupulous and manipulative operator, taking his sexual gratification from vulnerable women who would go along with his behaviour as they trusted him.”
In his sentencing remarks Judge Andrew Bate commented on the case saying: “Your 13 victims ranged in age at the time from nearly 17 to 31. Ten were adult recruits, two were serving officers and one was a police cadet recruit.”
When speaking to O’Neill about his victims he added: “All maintained a quiet dignity. Their only audible reaction was when it was said that you still did not admit your offences, but had pleaded guilty for your own reasons. It follows that you have shown not a shred of remorse.”
In addition, Judge Bate described the offences as a “gross, repeated breach of the literal trust a patient puts in her examining doctor’s hands” also saying “You are a disgrace to an honourable profession. Your name has already been erased from its register.”