Married GP raped student nurse in horror attack in Stirling hotel room

A married GP raped a student nurse moments after her drink was spiked with a substance which caused her to drift in and out of consciousness, a court heard.

Doctor Manesh Gill, 39, carried out the horrifying attack after luring her to a hotel in Stirling on December 8, 2018.

The High Court in Edinburgh last week heard how Gill went onto Tinder and called himself ‘Mike’ to the young woman, whose profile on the dating app he ‘superliked’.

His victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told of how Gill lured her into his hotel room where he gave her a “really strong” pink gin and lemonade.

The woman fought back tears as she told the court of how Gill sexually assaulted her as her “body shut down”.

She told prosecutor Stephanie Ross: “He was on top of me. I was trying to push him off. I couldn’t.

“I just felt like my whole body was stuck to the bed. He was having sex with me. I wanted to go home. I felt as if I couldn’t move… I couldn’t do anything, I don’t know.”

Gill, who worked as a doctor in Edinburgh, admitted bringing a condom, Viagra and a bottle of pink gin – the woman’s favorite drink – to the hotel. But he denied that this was evidence he was planning to have sex with the woman.

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But after hearing how Gill told a colleague after his arrest that he was worried police would find morphine in the girl’s system, jurors returned a unanimous guilty verdict to one charge of rape on Thursday afternoon.

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But jurors deleted the allegation that Gill was the man who carried out the administration of the substance.

Lord Tire told Gill that he needed to call for a report before he could sentence him. But he told the medic that he needed to put his “affairs in order”.

Lord Tire added: “By the verdict of the jury you have been found guilty of the crime of rape.

“It is a very serious offense and it is very unlikely that I will be unable to deal with you by disposal other than a custodial sentence.

“I shall continue bail in this case for the meantime but you should put your affairs in order.”

The story emerged following a four day long trial at the High Court in Edinburgh. Gill, who lives in the city’s Corstorphine area, denied raping the woman.

During the trial, the court heard how the father-of-three cheated on his wife and looked for women on the Tinder dating app. He is employed by NHS Lothian.

The woman told Ms Ross that Gill ‘superliked’ her profile and that the two of them used messaging app Snapchat to talk to each other for about six weeks before the assault.

The woman said she drank three to four pink gins on the evening of the alleged sexual assault and that Gill was drinking something which “looked like cola mixed with something”.

Talking about how the night was going, the woman said she and Gill spoke about work. She said that she didn’t feel drunk and felt ready to leave Gill and phone a taxi.

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She added: “I was fine. I didn’t feel uncomfortable or anything.”

The woman said that she needed to use a toilet. But she said Gill told her the toilets in the hotel were out of order.

She said: “He told me the toilets were closed but I could come up to his room and use that one.”

She said she used her bathroom but came back out to find that Gill had made her a drink.

The woman told Ms Ross that she only took a few sips of it as it was “really strong.”

She said she then started to talk to Gill but started to feel “more and more tired.”

The woman said: “I just felt like my body was heavy and I just felt sleepy and tired as if I wanted to go to bed.”

She said that Gill remained silent during the assault.

When asked by Ms Ross whether she consented to the actions, the woman said: “No. It wasn’t my intention. It was my intention to go to the room to use the toilet and that was that. I wanted to go on a date for about an hour.”

The woman managed to leave the hotel and contacted police.

Giving evidence to defense solicitor advocate Iain McSporran QC, Gill said he was “extremely sorry” for cheating on his wife.

He told Mr McSporran that the sex he did have with the woman was consensual.

Gill said: “She was alert. She was engaging in sex activity.”

The court heard that the woman contacted the police soon after and that Gill was arrested the following morning.

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The court also heard that following the arrest, he told a colleague: “What if they find morphine in her system? It will be her word from her against mine.”

However, jurors deleted claims that he directly administered the substance to her from the final charge.

Following conviction, Mr McSporran told the court that his client had a Malaysian passport and was willing to surrender it to the authorities by Friday night.

Mr McSporran also asked for his client’s bail to be continued to the sentencing hearing.

Lord Tire also placed Gill on the Sex Offenders Register.

He will be sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh on June 15, 2022.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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