3rd August 2018

On 20 July 2018 former Sunderland GP Dr Thair Altaii was convicted by a jury at the Newcastle Crown Court of three voyeurism offences.

Over 19,000 images of women were found on Dr Altaii’s laptop by police. The investigation followed reports by a patient that she believed she had been covertly filmed by the GP using mobile phones in the consultation room.

The photographs and video footage found by the police showed female patients in various stages of undress. Further details can be found on the Northumbria Police website.

Following the conviction Dr Altaii was released on bail. He is due to return to court on 14 August 2018 for sentence. The GP’s own barrister conceded it was likely Dr Altaii would receive a custodial sentence.

Taking intimate photographs of another without their consent and storing them on a computer is a criminal offence but also may attract an award of compensation for the distress suffered under data protection legislation. Our solicitors Richard Hardy and Andrew Freckleton have represented a large number of clients in relation to data protection issues and successfully obtained compensation for distress caused by data breaches. If you have been affected by this incident or any other data breach please contact Richard Hardy at richardhardy@benhoarebell.co.uk or on 0191 516 7926.

Blog by Richard Hardy, Partner