Holloway doctor who filmed men urinating faces panel

Al-Atraqchi earlier pleaded guilty at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court. Picture: Tony Gay

Al-Atraqchi earlier pleaded guilty at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court. Picture: Tony Gay - Credit: Archant

Iraqi man also secretly videoed others showering at gym

A doctor caught secretly filming people in the shower and footage of men urinating faces being struck off.

Omar Saadi Al-Atraqchi from Tollington Way, Holloway, pleaded guilty to four counts of voyeurism at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court last year.

Now the 42-year-old could be stripped of his right to practice by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS).

During a hearing on March 31, the panel noted Al-Atraqchi recorded two people taking showers at the PureGym, in Mercers Road, Upper Holloway.

On the first occasion, someone was taking a shower and saw shampoo bottle being moved around at the bottom of the cubicle by a man’s hand.

They saw a hole in the top and what looked like a camera lens exposed. They knocked loudly on the shower wall and asked Al-Atraqchi what he was doing, who then pulled bottle away and left the shower in a hurry.

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Then a member of the gym staff, who had heard about the first incident, was showering when he noticed odd sounds coming from an adjacent cubicle and a shower gel bottle lying flat on the floor with something gleaming from it.

He opened the next door cubicle and found Al-Atraqchi standing naked and clutching various shower gel bottles.

He was dressed, marched through to the office and banned from the gym.

Police went to his home and found a mobile phone with “a video showing a male urinating” and “another male urinating and that individual’s face and genitals can be seen throughout”.

Al-Atraqchi, who was brought up in Iraq, told the panel he knew what he was doing was wrong and being caught meant that he was able to talk to others about personal and emotional matters in a way he couldn’t before.

Mrs Eileen Carr, chairman of the panel, said his “offences undermine public confidence in the profession”, there was a “risk of repetition” and that his “fitness to practise is impaired by reason of your conviction”.

The panel will make a decision on any sanctions they will impose on June 2.