Preston GP on trial for rape

Dr Vic Calland
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A patient has told a court how he was raped by his family GP after being fed whisky.

A second man, unknown to the first, also claims to have been attacked at Vic Calland’s Broadgate home after being given an injection by the doctor.

Calland, 61, denies a string of serious sex attacks in respect of the men, who made separate complains to the police, a decade apart.

In interview, the doctor - who practised from Fishergate Hill surgery - told officers he “did not have it in him” to indecently assault anyone as he was sexually submissive.

But one of his alleged victims said Calland boasted he had “slept with patients before” when he confronted the former medic, days after the incident,

Calland’s former partner, architect George Cameron, 63, is jointly charged on a single sex charge in respect of a second man who claims he blacked out and woke to discover he was being raped by Cameron as Calland encouraged him, at the couple’s home.

Opening the case, Joe Boyd, prosecuting, said: “Both men have given accounts that although independent and in different timescales, resonate with each other.

“Both came to know Dr Calland because they were vulnerable young men and he was a doctor.

“There will be evidence of the use of drugs and drink, firstly to stupify (one man) and later (the other). Stupify in order to gratify his sexual appetite.”

The first man, giving evidence by videolink at Preston Crown Court, said he was indecently assaulted by Calland during an examination at his home in South Ribble for a case of suspected appendicitis.

He said when the doctor began to examine his genitals it “didn’t feel right” but claims to have trusted the GP.

The following year the man visited Calland’s home in Broadgate, Preston, having already drunk a large amount of alcohol.

Cameron was away for the weekend and Calland began pouring whisky for the man, generously.

But the man claims he has no memory until the following morning when he woke up naked in Calland’s bed, feeling that he had been raped but with no memory of the incident.

He added despite his ordeal he felt “euphoric”, as if he had taken ecstasy, which he said confused him.

Mr Boyd told the court the second man, who is yet to give evidence in court, met Calland after being thrown out of his family home aged 16 or 17.

As he sat on a bench in Broadgate, close to Calland and Cameron’s home, the doctor invited him in and the youngster stayed for around a month until he was able to find accommodation of his own.

Mr Boyd told the court: “The previous evening Dr Calland had given the man an injection. He said it was as a precaution so that he wouldn’t catch anything.

“When he woke up he was wearing a leather mask that someone had put on him and he was being raped by Cameron. Calland was also naked, encouraging what was going on. He told Cameron to stop and he did. A few days later he got other accommodation.”

Mr Boyd said this alleged victim spoke to the police in 2003 but that he believed they were not particularly interested in his complaint.

However when the earlier complainant came forwards last year, investigating officers found a record of the man’s disclosures and contacted him.

A trolley of sexual equipment, similar to one described by the younger man was found at Calland’s home.

Calland, of Broadgate, Preston, and Cameron, of Lydden Avenue, Manchester, deny all charges.

(Proceeding)