Doctor filmed females in bathroom as part of ‘fetish’

A DOCTOR has pleaded guilty to secretly filming female patients while they went to the bathroom as part of a “fetish” and could be struck off the medical register within months.

Deva Devandra, previously of Balbriggan Medical Centre in north Co Dublin, may now be banned from working as a doctor in this country.

Devandra, a married father-of-one, admitted the offence during a separate district court case.

During the hearing the court was told the 37-year-old, who has an address at Balrothery Field in Balbriggan, bought a covert camera on the internet, which he placed on the sanitary bin of the female bathroom at his Drogheda Street clinic.

The device, described as a “covert surveillance camera” by investigating gardaí, was found by a female patient on February 16 and had 59 images on it — including those of Devandra putting the camera in place.

The first six clips showed the doctor setting up the equipment. Three further images showed a female removing her clothing.

This individual became suspicious of the device and confiscated it, before handing it into gardaí who spoke with Devandra on February 19.

At this stage the doctor made “a full admission” about putting the device in place as part of a fetish.

District court judge David Anderson has adjourned the case until June 9 to allow for a probation report and further documents relating to medical issues that may have impacted on Devandra’s actions and for which he is currently receiving treatment.

A Medical Council spokesman told the Irish Examiner that she could not confirm if Devandra will be brought before a fitness to practice hearing. This is because notification of cases is only made to the public in the days leading up to any potential hearing.

However, during the Balbriggan district court case the GP’s solicitor said Devandra “will be going before the Medical Council”.

FOCionnaith.direct@examiner.ie

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