UK-Based Burmese Doctor Jailed for Fondling Female Patient: Reports

By The Irrawaddy 20 April 2015

RANGOON — A 43-year-old married Burmese physician was sentenced last week to 18 months in prison for sexual assault after he fondled a teenager’s breasts in the United Kingdom, British and local media have reported.

The general practitioner Dr. Unt Tun Maung was ostensibly examining the patient after she complained of chest pains in July 2012, according to the Daily Mail, when his lawyer told the court that his client was overcome by “a moment of madness.”

The London-based publication reported on Saturday that the doctor “asked the teenager to remove her bra, before cupping and squeezing her breasts before telling her to put her clothes back on.”

The victim filed a complaint with Britain’s National Health Service (NHS), but police were not alerted for “several months,” reported the online news portal metro.co.uk, adding that the doctor was suspended from practicing medicine in October 2013.

British media reported that Unt Tun Maung had been working for the NHS for 12 years and is a father of one. His lawyer told the court that he was otherwise held in high professional regard.

The Daily Mail said the doctor is also facing a General Medical Council investigation and quoted the trial’s presiding judge as saying his medical career was “unquestionably over.”

Burmese media have reported that Unt Tun Maung is the husband of well-known Burmese author Lun Htar Htar, whose Facebook account was deactivated on Saturday. The Irrawaddy could not independently confirm those reports.