Wednesday 15th June 2022,
North Edinburgh Community News

Edinburgh GP jailed for raping woman he met online

An Edinburgh GP has been jailed for the rape of a woman he met through an online dating site. 

Manesh Gill, 39, was sentenced to four years imprisonment after being found guilty of sexually assaulting his victim when they met for the first time. 

Manesh Gill

The High Court in Edinburgh heard the married doctor had set up a Tinder account using the name ‘Mike’.

The woman agreed to meet him at the Golden Lion Hotel in Stirling on 8 December 2018 after several weeks communicating through the dating app. 

He persuaded the victim to his room by pretending that the public toilets were out-of-order. 

But after having a drink in the bedroom, the victim lapsed in and out of consciousness. 

The jury found him guilty of raping the woman while she was incapable of controlling her movements or offering her consent. Returning to court today, Gill was jailed for four years and his name has been added to the Sex Offenders Register. 

Commenting on sentencing, Fraser Gibson, Scotland’s Procurator Fiscal for High Court Sexual Offences, said: “Manesh Gill abused the trust of a young woman in the most heinous way. 

“He presented himself as a respectable medic but the truth was very different. His criminal behaviour has been ended by today’s sentence. 

“The woman’s bravery in reporting this crime and assisting prosecution is commendable.  Her determination and courage brought Gill to justice. 

“We would urge any victim of similar offending to come forward and report it. They can be assured that the Crown is entirely committed to the effective prosecution of such crimes.”

Detective Inspector Forbes Wilson of the Public Protection Unit said: “The conviction and sentencing of Gill sends a clear message to anyone found guilty of sexual offences, you will be brought to justice.

“Gill must now face the consequences for his horrific behaviour.

“The victim has shown tremendous bravery in coming forward and telling her story and I would like to thank her for her assistance during our investigation. I hope today’s outcome will give her some form of closure.

“We remain committed to tackling sexual abuse, we have specially trained officers and work with partners to provide support to victims. I would encourage anyone to report sexual abuse in any form, as all reports will be thoroughly investigated.”

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