August 2022

Ex doctor, 79, jailed for more than 15 years after sex offences in south London

A former doctor from Cwmbran has been sentenced to prison after being convicted of a series of sexual offences over an 11-year period.

Lalitkumar Muljibhai Nirmal, of Malham Close in north London, was sentenced to 15 years and six months imprisonment at Woolwich Crown Court today (August 10).

The 79-year-old previously pleaded guilty to eight counts of indecent assault on a girl under the age of 14 years and four counts of gross indecency with a girl under the age of 14 years.

The offences took place between 1975 and 1986 at various locations – including Croydon, Sydenham and Cwmbran in Wales – and involved the same female victim, who was known to Nirmal.

He was also convicted of a single count of indecent assault against a separate young girl who was also known to him.

Details were initially reported to police in October 2019, with further information revealed two months later. 

On August 5, 2020, Nirmal was interviewed under caution and following a detailed investigation and consultation with the CPS, he was charged on May 24, 2021.

Nirmal was registered as a general practitioner with the General Medical Council between 1972 and 1995.

During the time of offending, he was operating as a GP in a practice in Cwmbran, Wales.