Wife of Seven Kings doctor accused of sexual assault defends husband in court
- Credit: central news
The wife of a doctor accused of fondling two of his male patients at his GP practice in Seven Kings told a court she had no reason to believe he was bisexual.
Dr Gillian Hall, who is also a GP, said she had a “healthy physical relationship” with Dr Ferdinand Cruz, 49, and described him as “a wonderful husband.”
Dr Cruz is accused of sexually assaulting the two patients while treating them for erectile dysfunction at The Doctors House in Cameron Road.
The alleged victims, both in their 20s, said they were “humiliated” by their experiences in 2010 and 2012.
Dr Cruz, of Balgores Lane, Gidea Park, Romford, allegedly asked one man if he “would like some help” before touching his genitals.
Mrs Hall said in her statement, read out as part of her husband’s defence case at the Old Bailey on Tuesday, that they married in Cambodia in 1999 and had two children.
She added: “Ferdy is a wonderful husband, extremely caring and thoughtful. He has my complete support.
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“He is the most amazing father. We have always had a healthy physical relationship. I have not had any reason to believe that Ferdy ever had the desire to explore other activities or relationships with men.
“When I heard of his arrest I was totally shocked and dismayed. The idea he may have abused his position, authority or trust is not in his nature.
“He strives hard to do the best he can for his patients. He imposes upon himself the highest standards. The nature of the allegations go against everything he does.”
Mrs Hall said that Dr Cruz had received a lot of support from staff and colleagues over the allegations.
Cruz denies six counts of sexual assault.
The trial continues.