A doctor who kissed and fondled a young female patient in Canberra last year has narrowly avoided spending time in jail.
Last week a jury found Ammar Dhaimat, 40, guilty of two counts of an act of indecency.
During the trial a 21-year-old woman gave evidence she had attended an appointment with Dhaimat for a regular injection at the Belconnen Medical Centre on Anzac Day last year.
She told the court after giving her the injection in the treatment room, Dhaimat had put his arm around her and kissed her on the side of the lips, telling her it was for luck.
She said she ran back to his office to collect her bag, but he followed and squeezed her bottom before again trying to kiss her.
Dhaimat has always denied the incident ever occurred.
Today in the ACT Supreme Court his lawyer, Theresa Warwick, argued that the media coverage and stress over the case was already enough punishment.
She said he should be released without conviction.
“[It’s had an] extraordinary impact on his life,” Ms Warwick said.
“Just the fact that his picture has been in the paper has been cause for ongoing upset. He’s been confronted by several citizens.”