October 2016

Perverted Royal Stoke University Hospital doctor downloaded 11,000 child sex abuse images


Consultant anaesthetist Dr Emil Guirguis led a ‘double life’ as a respected medic at the region’s top hospital – while downloading thousands of child sex abuse images in his spare time.

The 59-year-old pervert, who worked at the Royal Stoke University Hospital from 1995, would dredge the internet and searched for the images online.

His offending came to light when police executed a search warrant at his home in Solihull. Officers seized several laptops and hard-drives.

They then searched the defendant’s other home in Penkhull and seized more devices.

They were analysed and contained more than 11,000 indecent images of children and 1,028 extreme pornographic images.

Now Guirguis has been handed a three-year community order at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court as the judge believes he can be rehabilitated.

Prosecutor Philip Brunt said police executed a search warrant at the defendant’s two homes on June 11 last year.

They found indecent images on four laptops and six hard drives. And they found a number of searches including ‘paedo’ and ‘pre teen hard core’.

In total, officers recovered 1,618 images at category A – the most serious; 1,072 at category B; 8,320 at category C; and 1,028 extreme pornographic images. The images showed children in pain and visibly distressed as they were being sexually abused.

The defendant told a probation officer he did not get any sexual gratification from looking at the images. He said he did not realise what he was doing was illegal or that the victims were being abused.

Guirguis, of Wollescote Drive, Solihull, who also worked at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, pleaded guilty to three offences of possessing indecent images of children; three offences of making indecent images of children; and one offence of possessing extreme pornographic images.

Arvind Sharma, mitigating, said the defendant was a very well-respected doctor who had ‘gone over and beyond the call of duty’ and has worked voluntarily in Ethiopia.

Mr Sharma said: “He has led a double life. His colleagues speak of him in glowing terms. Sadly at the same time he has been engaging in the enterprise of accessing these images. There are a large number of images and they show young children in distress. He now fully appreciates the harm of his actions.

“He is thoroughly ashamed of himself. He had taken a considerable fall from grace. He has now retired from the medical profession. No doubt he will be struck off by the General Medical Council (GMC) in due course.

“He feels he would benefit from intervention by the relevant services. With 35 years outstanding public service as a doctor, you may feel that sufficiently gives him just about enough credit to avoid an immediate custodial sentence.”

Judge Timothy Smith sentenced Guirguis to a three-year community order with a requirement to comply with the internet sex offender treatment programme. He was made the subject of a five-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order and will be on the sex offenders’ register for the same period. And he was barred from working with children or vulnerable adults.

Judge Smith said: “Your’s is a considerable contradiction. You are somebody who has lived a double life. On the one hand, a respected member of the community, upstanding and doing all you can for others in a caring profession. You joined a church mission in Ethiopia. It is impossible to say how somebody in that position, having a faith and being an active member of a church congregation, how it is that somebody such as that has spent their time dredging what is the darkest and deepest recesses of the most despicable part of the internet.

“Each of the images that you downloaded were images of real children. They seemed to be in pain, they seemed to be crying. They are undergoing pain, loneliness and despair.

“It defies belief. You have brought shame upon yourself, your family and your profession.”