Dr Prabhjot Gill accused of beating ex-wife keeps his job

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  • Prabhjot Gill allegedly rubbed a dirty nappy in his wife's face during row 
  • She also claimed her husband kicked, slapped and threw a slipper at her 
  • She started to secretly film him and it is claimed he pushed her into a radiator 
  • He appeared for a disciplinary hearing at a medical tribunal in Manchester
  • The tribunal found that Dr Gill's fitness to practise was 'not impaired' 

By Joe Sheppard For Mailonline

Published: 04:47 EDT, 12 October 2017 | Updated: 09:33 EDT, 12 October 2017

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Warning: Dr Prabhjot Gill leaving his tribunal hearing
Warning: Dr Prabhjot Gill leaving his tribunal hearing

Warning: Dr Prabhjot Gill leaving his tribunal hearing

A family doctor has kept his job after his ex-wife claimed he beat her during their stormy marriage as she spoke at an medical disciplinary hearing.

Despite being cleared of all criminal wrongdoing in 2015, Dr Prabhjot Gill, 34, heard his ex-wife’s claims again during the hearing in Manchester this week where she tearfully spoke from behind a screen.

The mother-of-two, known as Ms A, claimed her former husband punched her in the back, kicked and slapped her and pushed her into a radiator.  

She also alleged Dr Gill pushed a soiled nappy into her face before taking their small children into another room and locking her in the bedroom of their £569,000 property, in Romford, Essex. 

Ms A secretly taped a heated argument at the home, which was heard at the tribunal.

Dr Gill, who was working on a GP training scheme in Essex at the time of the incident in March 2014, faced being stuck off for misconduct.

But despite saying the taped argument was 'disturbing' the disciplinary panel found his fitness to practise was 'not impaired' as they found his wrongdoing was limited to him pushing his ex-wife into a radiator. The panel dismissed all other allegations against him.

Dr Gill was secretly taped having a heated argument at the couple's luxury home in Romford, Essex
Dr Gill was secretly taped having a heated argument at the couple's luxury home in Romford, Essex

Dr Gill was secretly taped having a heated argument at the couple's luxury home in Romford, Essex

The hearing was told the couple married in 2006 but their relationship deteriorated.

They then had two blazing rows between March 11 and 15, 2014.

Dr Gill denied pushing the nappy into his ex-wife's face and physically assaulting her but accepted being verbally abusive towards her on the second occasion. 

Giving evidence at the tribunal the woman, also 34, wept as she told the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service: 'Most of the arguments we had were about our finances, he would belittle my job, saying I needed to earn more money.'

She recalled the incident where he allegedly rubbed a dirty nappy in her face. 

She said: 'I was in the bedroom, the main bedroom in our house, and he came up the stairs to the bedroom and I was changing our daughter's nappy on the bed. He became angry and said that it was disgusting and there were germs everywhere...I was just changing her on the bed which I had done before.

'He said that it was disgusting and we started to have an argument and he picked up the nappy and put it in my face. He took our child out of the room and took both kids to another room and locked me in the bedroom, and then locked them in another room with him and they were crying and screaming and very upset at being away from me.

Dr Gill, who was arrested following the bust up, later admitted he 'lost his composure' - and said he was 'frustrated' at the time of the row
Dr Gill, who was arrested following the bust up, later admitted he 'lost his composure' - and said he was 'frustrated' at the time of the row

Dr Gill, who was arrested following the bust up, later admitted he 'lost his composure' - and said he was 'frustrated' at the time of the row

'He locked the door on me and wouldn't let me out of the room to clean my face. I asked "can I come out of the room...can I clean my face?" He wouldn't let me. I wanted to take my kids to my mums. He did eventually unlock the main door and let me out, and I was allowed out to clean my face.

'His sister was living with us and she kept telling him to calm down and keep calm.'

Following that she and the two children went to stay with her parents for three days.

She said: 'He was apologetic at first but then he began to tell me that he would come and get me and take my children if I didn't return home to him.

'The nappy incident was so disgraceful and so degrading for me...I didn't want to go home. I did go back on the Friday, because he came to my parents' house like he said he would to get the children.

'They were scared after being locked in the room by him, and they ran up the stairs to get away from him. But I did go home, he apologised to my parents and to me and we went back home again.' 

After returning home on Friday March 14, the couple allegedly came to blows again the following day.

Dr Gill had gone upstairs and saw the children using a portable heater while watching cartoons.

It is alleged he picked up the heater and threw it down the stairs, before going back into the bedroom to confront his wife.

She said she decided to record him then because she believed matters would 'escalate'.

Gill's lawyer said his client had 'learnt a powerful lesson and the public would appreciate that'
Gill's lawyer said his client had 'learnt a powerful lesson and the public would appreciate that'
Gill's lawyer said his client had 'learnt a powerful lesson and the public would appreciate that'
Gill's lawyer said his client had 'learnt a powerful lesson and the public would appreciate that'

Dr Gill's lawyer said his client had 'learnt a powerful lesson and the public would appreciate that'

She added: 'I was scared for my life and my children's lives. He had been violent towards me before and I knew it wouldn't diffuse so I recorded it.

'He came back up and said "you don't pay for it I do". He pushed me in the chest and I fell backwards into a radiator. You can hear it on the recording. He spat at me, and kicked me while I was on the floor and threw a slipper at me.

'I went downstairs to try to diffuse the situation, got the washing in and then took some clothes upstairs but it didn't diffuse it. He started shouting at me and I had to get out of the house.'

During the 42-minute recording of the row the couple can be heard arguing both in Punjabi and English.

Ms A is heard crying and shouting 'leave me alone' while he is heard saying: 'I will smash your face in'.

She called police after Dr Gill started grabbing her clothes out of the wardrobe and hurling them across the room.

They broke up shortly after his arrest.

She said: 'It wasn't an easy thing to do, in our culture being divorced is looked down upon. But I have since have people say to me "how did you put up with it for so long, that's not you."'

Dr Gill later admitted he 'lost his composure' - and said he was 'frustrated' at the time of the row.

Dr Gill, a former junior doctor at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing by a magistrates' court in 2015
Dr Gill, a former junior doctor at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing by a magistrates' court in 2015

Dr Gill, a former junior doctor at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing by a magistrates' court in 2015

Ms A said they had met up as a family since and had gone for a meal at Nandos and a shopping trip to Sports Direct.

But the visits stopped after she claimed Dr Gill had been abusive towards their young son.

Dr Gill, a former junior doctor at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, who passed his qualifying exams in 2016, was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing by a magistrate's court in 2015. He remarried in that same year.

The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service said Ms A's evidence was 'somewhat disorganised' but panel chairman Debbie Hill said: 'It would be evident to anyone listening to the audio recording that this was a distressing and heated exchange during which Dr Gill lost control.

'The tribunal found the recording to be disturbing and determined that a member of the public would be appalled were they to listen to it. 

'There was a physical imbalance between Dr Gill and Ms A and Dr Gill must have known how intimidated Ms A would have been by him. The recording represented an imbalance of power.'

A warning has been placed on Dr Gill's registration for five years.

It reads: 'On 15 March 2014 in the context of an unhappy and deteriorating relationship, he verbally abused Ms A and pushed her, with the result that she fell to the floor and struck a radiator. 

'This conduct does not meet with the standards required of a doctor. It risks bringing the profession into disrepute and it must not be repeated. The required standards are set out in Good Medical Practice, which states: "Patients need good doctors. Good doctors … are honest and trustworthy, and act with integrity and within the law." 

'Whilst this failing in itself is not so serious as to require any restriction on his registration, it is necessary in response to issue this formal warning.’  

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