GP to stand trial on sex counts

GOONELLABAH GP Prasannar Ramprasad Mishra will stand trial in Lismore District Court charged with having sexual intercourse without consent, and indecently sexually assaulting a female patient at the Goonellabah Medical Centre.

Dr Mishra, 41, of Alstonville, remains on bail and will defend the two charges. He is pleading not guilty to both charges that allegedly involve a 47 year-old woman on November 14, 2008.

Dr Mishra, dressed neatly in grey slacks and cream shirt, was supported by his wife in Lismore Local Court yesterday when the matter was mentioned before Magistrate Michael Dakin.

Mr Dakin ordered the doctor to attend Lismore District Court on November 11 for arraignment on both charges following the decision of his defence lawyer, Tracey Randall, to waive a committal hearing in the lower court.

The doctor, an Australian national, remains on bail, with the court previously ordering him not to alter or dispose of medical records at the centre; harass or interfere with the alleged victim; and not to go near any international airport or organise overseas travel.

As part of the Crown case, Dr Mishra is accused of placing the woman's hand on his penis then masturbating himself.

The doctor received approval from the NSW Medical Board to return to work at the medical centre earlier this year, subject to certain conditions on his practice.

He was told by the board he must not provide any medical service (including any consultation, interview, examination or treatment) to a female patient unless a chaperone is present at all times. Dr Mishra must also tell any female patient that they need a chaperone to see him.

He is also required to make reports to the board at the end of each month listing all female patients who have been the recipient of any medical service he has provided.

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