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R v Tabassum [2000] 2 Cr App R 328 Court of Appeal

The appellant was a lecturer in ICT. He was convicted on three counts of indecent assault. He had told the complainants that he worked for Christies hospital and was compiling a database on breast cancer. He carried out physical examinations on their breasts and demonstrated how they should conduct examinations on themselves to detect signs of breast cancer. In each case the women had consented to the examination, however, the women only consented because they believed he was medically qualified.


There was no true consent. They were consenting to touching for medical purposes not to indecent behaviour, there was consent to the nature of the act but not its quality.
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