Patient 'filmed secretly'

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A WOMAN cried in court yesterday while watching a secretly-filmed video tape of a bogus doctor giving her an internal examination.

Miss X, 22, said she thought Colin Pike, 50, was a fully-qualified homeopathic practitioner with a partner in Harley Street, central London.

She told Snaresbrook Crown Court he only had private patients and they 'shared an interest in alternative therapies'.

Mr Pike, who denies two charges of indecent assault, first examined her at her home in Dagenham, east London, after she complained of stomach pains, she said.

Just over a year later Mr Pike 'secretly' filmed a similar internal examination at his home in Romford, as she lay naked.

The court was told that Mr Pike 'posed as, or pretended to be a doctor'. Miss X met him at a Dagenham spiritualist church and knew him as a spiritual healer and homeopathic practitioner called Colin King.

Miss X initially agreed to be examined by him 'through desperation' because of the long waiting list at her local hospital. She later complained to the police who found the video tape at Mr Pike's home.

The trial resumes today.

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