"I felt as if I couldn't move."
Married doctor Manesh Gill, aged 39, of Edinburgh, was jailed for four years after he raped a student nurse.
The High Court in Edinburgh heard that Gill posed as ‘Mike’ on Tinder and arranged to meet the young woman at a hotel in Stirling on December 8, 2018.
At the hotel, everything seemed fine.
The woman told prosecutor Stephanie Ross: “I didn’t feel uncomfortable or anything.”
During the evening, she had three or four gins while Gill was drinking something that “looked like cola mixed with something”.
Gill lured her to his hotel room when she needed the toilet and he claimed the public toilets were out of order.
She continued: “I took his word for it. I thought he was just being nice. I didn’t think anything of it. It was fine.”
Gill poured her a “really strong” pink gin and lemonade before attacking her in an ordeal that lasted a few hours.
The woman said: “I just felt like my body was heavy and I just felt sleepy and tired as if I wanted to go to bed.”
She said she told the father-of-three “no” and “stop it” during the attack.
The woman eventually managed to get up and went to the bathroom.
She said: “I came out of the bathroom and said ‘I know what you’ve been doing to me’.”
During evidence at Gill’s earlier trial, the victim said:
“He was on top of me. I was trying to push him off. I couldn’t.
“I just felt like my whole body was stuck to the bed. He was having sex with me. I wanted to go home. I felt as if I couldn’t move. I couldn’t do anything.”
She then left the hotel and called the police.
The doctor claimed that the sex was consensual and said:
“I’m a married man with a professional job and I was meeting women on dates. I didn’t want it connected with my job or my wife.”
However, jurors found the doctor guilty of rape.
Gill admitted that he brought a condom, Viagra and a bottle of pink gin to the hotel.
The judge, Lord Tyre said: “You have no criminal record and you have clearly been a valued member of the medical profession.”
But he said he was in “no doubt” that the seriousness of the offence could only be marked by the imposition of a custodial sentence.
Gill was jailed for four years and was also placed on the sex offenders’ register indefinitely.
Scotland’s procurator fiscal for high court sexual offences, Fraser Gibson said:
“Manesh Gill abused the trust of a young woman in the most heinous way.”
“His criminal behaviour has been ended by today’s sentence.”
After sentencing, Detective Inspector Forbes Wilson, of Police Scotland’s public protection unit, said:
“The conviction and sentencing of Gill sends a clear message to anyone found guilty of sexual offences, you will be brought to justice.
“Gill must now face the consequences for his horrific behaviour.
“The victim has shown tremendous bravery in coming forward and telling her story, and I would like to thank her for her assistance during our investigation.
“I hope today’s outcome will give her some form of closure.
“We remain committed to tackling sexual abuse, we have specially-trained officers and work with partners to provide support to victims.
“I would encourage anyone to report sexual abuse in any form, as all reports will be thoroughly investigated.”