Acupuncture and Chinese medicine doctor found not guilty of sexual assault

WeCare Remedy in Commercial Road at the Triangle, Bournemouth. Photo: Google Maps/Street View

A CHINESE doctor has been found not guilty of sexually assaulting a patient at a Bournemouth clinic.

Acupuncture expert Hongwei Dong, 60, was tried at Bournemouth Crown Court on charges of seven counts of sexually assaulting a woman, aged in her 30s, between October and December 2018 in WeCare Remedy at Commercial Road.

Mr Dong, of Shirley House Drive, Charlton, denied all charges.

Yesterday the jury returned unanimous verdicts of not guilty on all counts after around two and a half hours of deliberation.

The trial heard the accused was arrested by officers after the allegations were reported to police.

In a police interview, he denied sexually assaulting the woman and said she was “making it up”.

During his testimony at trial, Mr. Dong said he had more than 30 years of experience in acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

Responding to questions from his lawyer Nick Robinson, the defendant said he enjoyed his work “a lot”, adding “because I get satisfaction from successfully treating a patient and the work I do is also something which interests me”.

Mr. Dong told the court through an interpreter that he stood by what he told the police in an interview.