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Victim of Swanley patient molester slams doctor's sentence
ONE of the victims who fell for a perverted doctor’s lies so he could photograph her genitals at his Swanley surgery has branded his sentence a “joke”.
On Monday Dr Barend Delport was jailed for six years for abusing his position as a GP to take photographs and molest his female patients at The Oaks Surgery in Nightingale Way.
The married 55-year-old’s victims ranged from 18 months old to a patient in her 60s between 2002 and 2012.
Last year police raided his home in Eynsford and found more than 5,500 indecent images among 500,000 photos of porn and voyeurism on his computer.
These included 800 photographs taken of patients at the surgery for his own sexual gratification, as well as indecent images downloaded from the Internet.
Victim Linda Chenapa, 56, feels let down by the judicial system.
She said: “He would have got more for shoplifting. Six years is a bit of a joke.
“I think at the end of the day if he would have got 200 years that would not have been long enough.
“If you plead guilty you should get more because you knew what you were doing.
“Shut me in a room with him and give me 30 minutes. I want to know why, it’s one of the worse things you can imagine.
“At least there’s a reason for murder. What he’s done, for me, there’s no logic.”
During an appointment four years ago the mother of six who lives in Hart Dyke Road, Swanley, was asked by Dr Delport if he could take a photograph of her genitals.
She told News Shopper: “He said it was the worst case he had ever seen.
“He asked me if he could take a photo for research and I said as long as my face wasn’t shown.
“My husband Nigel was with me.
“He took the photo on a digital camera and showed me it and that was the last I thought about it until I got the phone call from police.”
The special needs teacher said there was nothing to suggest any wrongdoing and trusted her doctor of 10 years.
Speaking of the dreaded phone call from police, she said: “I thought ‘not him, you’ve got it wrong, he would not do a thing like that’.
“He is a brilliant doctor, and a very nice, pleasant person. It was a bit of a shock to say the least.”
Last month Delport admitted 26 offences, including four sexual assaults on adults and three sexual assaults on children.
He also pleaded guilty to 12 counts of taking indecent images of children, five counts of making indecent images of children and two counts of possessing indecent images of children.
The Oaks Surgery in Nightingale Way, Swanley
Maidstone Crown Court heard how Dr Delport was addicted to pornography and told a raft of lies to his patients so he could take intimate pictures and store them for his own “sexual gratification”.
On sentencing him, Judge Philip Statman said it was difficult to imagine “a graver breach of trust”.
Mrs Chenapa said: “My picture could be floating round on the internet somewhere, it could have been shared and I have no control over that.”
She added: “My family have been so supportive, especially my husband, Nigel.”
Delport was also added to the sex offenders' register for life.
A spokesperson for the Oaks Surgery said:“Dr Delport abused his position of trust as a GP and betrayed the confidence his patients had in him. We at The Oaks Surgery would like to thank all the patients who helped bring Dr Delport to justice today and to offer them our deepest sympathies for his shocking crimes.
“The practice has worked closely with NHS England’s Kent and Medway area team to ensure high quality standards, particularly in the areas of safeguarding, ensuring patients’ awareness of chaperoning, and medical photography.”
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