Medical professional on trial for kissing a patient
A Wellington medical professional made inappropriate comments to a patient before kissing her on the cheek while she waited for an uncomfortable medical procedure, the Crown has alleged.
The man, whose name and occupation is suppressed, has pleaded not guilty to indecently assaulting the woman by kissing her in January 2015.
Crown prosecutor Ian Auld told a Wellington District Court jury on Monday that the woman had to go to hospital for a procedure that included having a camera put in her rectum to check for lesions.
While she was waiting she asked the man how long it would be and he replied by asking her if she liked walking round with no clothes on. She had been given a hospital gown to wear.
Shortly after she asked him for a blanket because she was cold and he said he could get into bed and warm her up.
After he wheeled her into the procedure room he helped her get into position, pulling up her gown to expose her. He made a comment about seeing her bottom.
Auld said she would tell the jury that he put an arm over her shoulders and kissed her on the cheek saying she was lovely.
He also told her a story about a man who exposed himself to him, rubbed her feet and toes and made comments about her toenail polish.
Auld said she became more and more distressed and asked the doctors to stop the procedure.
She was discharged and allowed to go home where she told her husband what happened.
Defence lawyer Val Nisbet said the jury would have to decide if the kiss happened at all and, if it did, whether it was intended to be inappropriate.
He said the man was doing what he normally did, trying to make sure the patient was comfortable. That involved some touching.
He said the man would acknowledge he had said some of the comments but it was not intended in an inappropriate way.
The trial is expected to take a week.