'Woman told friend of abuse by Bradford doctor'

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A WOMAN who alleges a Bradford doctor sexually abused her 30 years ago was "shocked and numb" when she saw him driving past her in the street, a jury heard.

She was frozen to the spot and said "It's him," her friend told Bradford Crown Court.

The prosecution witness said the alleged sighting happened on a shopping trip in Bradford.

All she herself saw was a dark coloured vehicle moving off in traffic.

The woman said her friend had previously confided to her that she was sexually abused as a young child.

Retired GP, Ahmed Masood, is on trial denying six charges of indecently assaulting the complainant when she was aged between seven and ten.

Masood, 71, of Lampards Close, Allerton, Bradford, was due to begin giving evidence in his defence today.

He is said to have told the terrified child her parents would drop dead if she did not keep quiet.

The jury has heard that Masood worked at hospitals, and then as a GP at The Surgery, Bertram Road, Manningham, and, from 2006, Whetley Hill Medical Centre, on Saplin Street.

Also giving evidence yesterday was the alleged victim's former work supervisor.

She recalled she was often off sick and struggled with depression.

One day, she broke down in tears and named Dr Masood as her childhood abuser.

She very much blamed herself, saying if she had been ugly, maybe it would not have happened to her, the witness stated.

The woman told her "she recognised the corridors" while visiting Airedale Hospital with her mother.

Gerald Hendron, barrister for the Crown, asked: "Going to Airedale Hospital made her recall that she had been there with Dr Masood and been abused?"

Witness: "Yes."

The trial continues.

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