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Doctor on trial for molesting nurse in operating theatre

Published on Jan 8, 2013 4:54 PM
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Anaesthetist Senaka Liyanage, 37, approached a nurse from behind before touching her inappropriately thrice. -- ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

A former nurse testified in court that she did not confront a doctor who tapped her buttocks on three separate occasions in an operation theatre because she was busy assisting the surgeons.

At the start of the trial on Tuesday, the 26-year-old said that anaesthetist Senaka Liyanage, 37, had approached her from behind before touching her inappropriately twice between 9.30am and 10.30am, and again at 2pm, on April 5 last year.

The woman cannot be identified as this is a molestation case. She said that prior to the incidents, she found Liyanage to be "quite nice and very kind" as he did not scold people or quarrel with the nurses.

The nurse of six years resigned from the hospital in August last year because she was "very disappointed" in the lack of support from the management. In the cross-examination by defence counsel S. Selvaraj, the woman, now a sales executive, admitted that she had told the main surgeon that the patient had no allergies only to be corrected by Liyanage who had pointed out that the patient was allergic to penicillin.