30th August 2019

On 14 August 2018 former Sunderland GP Dr Thair Altaii was sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court to 14 months imprisonment after he was found guilty of three voyeurism offences on 20 July 2018.

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 all of which had been taken in his surgery.

Dr Altaii from Whitburn, South Tyneside was suspended from his practice in Sunderland when charges were brought. In addition to his custodial sentence which he has since served Dr Altaii now faces misconduct proceedings with the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service which could see him barred from the profession.

A four-day hearing has been scheduled to begin on 3 September 2019 in Manchester.

We are instructed to represent several victims of the above incident in pursuing compensation claims for the significant distress and anxiety suffered. If you have been affected by this incident or any other data breach please contact our solicitors Richard Hardy and Andrew Freckleton on 0191 565 3112 or email advice@benhoarebell.co.uk

Our solicitors Richard Hardy and Andrew Freckleton have represented a large number of clients in relation to data protection issues and successfully obtained significant awards of compensation for distress caused by data breaches.