Police: tribute to osteopath victims

POLICE have paid tribute to the “courageous” women who came forward after being abused as patients of a perverted osteopath.Owen Bull, from Ipswich, was told to expect a substantial prison sentence yesterday after he was convicted of a string of sex assaults on female patients, including an undercover policewoman.

POLICE have paid tribute to the “courageous” women who came forward after being abused as patients of a perverted osteopath.

Owen Bull, from Ipswich, was told to expect a substantial prison sentence yesterday after he was convicted of a string of sex assaults on female patients, including an undercover policewoman.

The osteopath, formerly of Woodbridge Road East, was convicted of attempted rape, two indecent assaults and a sexual assault following a month-long trial at Norwich Crown Court.

The 49-year-old was cleared of two sexual assaults and an indecent assault.

A spokesman for Suffolk police, said: “Owen Bull was in a position of trust. He chose to abuse that trust by conducting a series of sexual and indecent assaults on female patients.

“Suffolk police would like to pay tribute to the women who had the courage to come forward to report these offences so that a full investigation could take place.”

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Prosecutors said Bull faced a lengthy custodial sentence. A charge of attempted rape carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment alone.

Judge Paul Downes told Bull: “It must be apparent to you and must have been for some time that the jury having convicted you of serious offences a prison sentence is virtually inevitable.”

He ordered a pre-sentence and psychiatric report to be carried out and remanded Bull in custody until September 7, when he will be sentenced.

The judge praised “the immense amount of work” carried out by officers who led the investigation, and said he would commend their achievements to Suffolk's Chief Constable.

The charges against Bull, all of which he denied, related to seven victims aged 37 to 77 over a three-year period.

During the trial, the jury heard how an undercover policewoman investigated Bull following complaints from patients.

Bull now almost certainly faces expulsion from his profession. He has been suspended from practice since his arrest.

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