May 2004

Jail for abuse GP

A doctor who befriended two brothers after meeting one of them on a children’s ward at Mayday Hospital 25 years ago is facing professional ruin after he was jailed for sexually abusing the boys.

Dr Jeremy Jackman, who lived and ran his own practice in Andover, Hampshire, was jailed for 27 months after a jury found him guilty of two counts of indecent assault against one boy and a further two counts of indecency against the boy’s younger brother.

Jackman, 53, was acquitted of another charge of indecent assault at Croydon Crown Court on Monday.

Jackman escaped a lengthier sentence because the offences occurred more than 25 years ago. His 27-month jail term reflected the maximum penalty which would have been meted out at that time.

Judge Simon Pratt told Jackman that had the offences occurred more recently he would have been given a longer sentence.

He said: “What you did to each of these boys was a savage breach of trust, not only the trust they had as individuals and were entitled to expect from you as a respectable doctor, but also the public trust. You have done no favours for your profession.”

He said Jackman had preyed on the eldest boy saying: “You groomed him, and grooming a child for sexual misconduct is now a criminal offence in its own right, but it is still an aggravating feature of what you did.

“A sentence of imprisonment is inevitable and, I’m afraid to say, thoroughly deserved.”

The boys were aged 11 and 13 when Jackman befriended them and their mother. The assaults took place between 1978 and 1983.

Jackman is currently suspended from practising as a GP in Andover and Mid Hampshire Primary Care Trust said it would be notifying the General Medical Council, the body which regulates doctors, of his conviction.

Jackman will also be placed on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.