Preston doctor defends home visit sex assault claims by man

Dr Vic Calland
Dr Vic Calland
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A doctor has been quizzed about why he did not make a record of a home visit to a man he is accused of assaulting on the same occasion.

Under cross examination, Dr Vic Calland, 63, who is accused of historic serious sexual offences against men, described claims put to him as “nonsense”.

Calland, of Broadgate, Preston, is on trial at Preston Crown Court with his partner, architect, George Cameron, who faces one charge.

He took to the witness stand to deny the allegations.

Prosecutor Philip Boyd asked why Calland had no record of the visit to the first complainant’s home.

Dr Calland said: “At the time we would see patients at home without their records and write notes onto a continuation card.

Mr Boyd retorted: “There were 29 notes of other visits by you in your capacity as a doctor with this man.”

He suggested the reason he had not made a record is because “something” had happened he wanted to “conceal”.

Dr Calland replied: “ Home visits in those days were not always recorded in notes We would have relied on the fact a letter went to hospital.

He added it could have been removed in the surgery’s efforts to get rid of “unnecessary paperwork”.

Mr Boyd added: “The way you’ve answered questions suggest you’re meticulous in the way you run your life. Can you explain how it is that in a home visit that resulted in a hospital visit, there isn’t a record?”

He replied: “I had to work with what I had got.”

The GP was also asked to refer to photographs of sexual paraphernalia seized from his house as the prosecution claimed he was “adventurous”, which he denied.