Pump Court Chambers

Paediatrician goes on trial for alleged historical rapes

News 12th January 2015

A Court has heard how a consultant paediatrician allegedly raped and indecently assaulted young girls in the 1970s and 80s thinking he was “bomb-proof” because no one would believe a child over him, a jury has been told. Former paediatrician Michael Salmon, 79, who worked at hospitals including Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire, which have been in the spotlight after disclosures about the activities of the disgraced late DJ Jimmy Savile. The court was told there could be references to Savile during the trial but it is not alleged that Salmon and the DJ operated together.

Salmon, of Salisbury, Wiltshire, faces three counts of rape, 11 of indecent assault and two of using an instrument with intent to procure a miscarriage. The charges relate to eight girls aged from 11 to 18, between 1973 and 1988. Salmon denies all the alleged offences. Sarah Jones of Pump Court Chambers, is currently representing the defendant at his trial at Reading Crown Court.

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