Sex offender SA doctor has dodgy past

South Africa, September 11 – SA doctor based in the UK sentenced for sexually assaulting and photographing patients as young as 18 months old. Video: eNCA
Barend Delport, a South African doctor who was jailed in the UK for six years for taking indecent photographs of his patients. Photo: Kent Police

JOHANNESBURG - The South African doctor practicising in the UK who was this week sentenced to six years behind bars for taking indecent pictures of his patients, was previously found guilty of improper conduct.

Dr Barend Cilliers Delport, 55, was found guilty of improper conduct in January 1989 for not identifying the patient before administering anaesthetic and the penalty imposed was a caution and reprimand.

According to the Health Professions Council of South African (HPCSA), he was registered with the then Medical and Dental Council (now HPCSA) from  November 9, 1981 and he was voluntarily erased on June 30,1998.

HPCSA spokesperson Bertha Peters-Scheepers said: "He was voluntarily erased due to his going to reside in the UK."

This means that Delport made a request to be removed from the medical register.

Delport studied at the University of Pretoria where he obtained his qualification as a Medical Practitioner in 1981. He worked as an Intern at 2 Military Hospital, Wynberg the following year.

He also registered an additional qualification as a Dental Assistant in 1984. He is originally from Kroonstad in the Free State.

Delport made headlines in the UK this week after half a million pornographic images were found on his computer. Another 5 500 images of children, some of them his patients, were also recovered.

The Mail Online reported how outraged the local community was and that friends and the baptist church leader expressed their shock that he had committed such "despicable crimes" while hiding behind a facade of respectability.

He pleaded guilty to 26 sexual offences in the Maidstone Crown Court, including indecent assault on women and children, and possession and creation of indecent images of children.

Delport was sentenced to six years imprisonment on Monday.

He got patients to sign forms of consent to be photographed, claiming the purpose was to illustrate midwives' poor practises. In other cases he claimed to be a dermatologist, or to be taking the pictures for training purposes.

Judge Philip Statmen said it was "difficult to imagine a greater breach of trust".

 

Additional reporting Sapa

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