Osteopath warned he faces jail

AN Ipswich osteopath was today warned he faced jail after being found guilty of sexually or indecently assaulting four patients and attempted rape of another.

AN Ipswich osteopath was today warned he faced jail after being found guilty of sexually or indecently assaulting four patients and attempted rape of another.

The jury in the trial of Owen Bull, 49, formerly of Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, today cleared him of two other counts of sexual and indecent assault.

The verdicts came at the end of a trial lasting almost a month in which an undercover police officer told how Bull had assaulted her when she visited him at his home surgery on four occasions.

The court heard he had sucked the tongue of one patient and exposed his genitals to another.


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When giving evidence Bull denied the tongue sucking and claimed the techniques were legitimate osteopathic procedures which had been misinterpreted by the complainant.

The offences all relate to incidents that took place over a three-year period between 2002 and 2005.

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The jury took a total of seven hours and 50 minutes to reach verdicts on all counts.

Bull showed no emotion as they delivered their verdicts and he was taken into custody to be sentenced on September 7.

Adjourning for pre-sentence and psychiatric reports Judge Paul Downes warned Bull that a custodial sentence is “virtually inevitable”.

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