Mum frightened as doctor went through her bins

A mum has told of how she was left “frightened” when she claimed that a Liverpool-based doctor turned up at her home in the dead of night and rifled through her bins.

It is alleged that back in March 2021, Dr Adeline Salim turned up at the home of a woman known as Ms A, attempted to call her cat and hid behind a car at 4am.

It is suggested that on the same day, the doctor accessed the medical records of Ms A and her children without consent and good reason.

A series of charges were levelled against Dr Salim on the first day of a Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service hearing on Monday. She chose not to attend.

Among them was an accusation that on 1 April, the doctor – who had trained and worked in Liverpool – turned up to Ms A’s address and emptied the contents of her bin onto the driveway.

Marco Breen, presenting officer on behalf of the General Medical Council, told the tribunal how it was alleged that at 4am on 10 March 2021, Ms A heard a car pull up outside her address where she lived with her partner.

Mr Breen said a red Tesla car was spotted near the house and a woman “hid” behind the vehicle. It was also alleged the individual – thought to be Dr Salim – looked as if they were calling a cat.

The presenting officer said when she opened her bedroom window, the car drove away. Mr Breen said when Ms A and her partner checked the registration details for the Tesla, it indicated it was owned by Dr Salim.

Just five days later, it is alleged the doctor entered a Caffe Nero coffee shop where Ms A was the manager and took pictures of her while she worked. Dr Salim is also charged with being seen loitering outside Ms A’s house on 4 April, before she was taken away by police.

Giving evidence, Ms A said after a series of strange goings on, she and her partner elected to install a camera to monitor the outside of her property. Footage from the camera, shown during the hearing, presented an individual outside Ms A’s house, with their hood up and wearing a head torch approaching the driveway at night.

The video then shows the person – alleged to be Dr Salim – reach into a bin, retrieve a bag and slice it open on the driveway. Ms A said this “really did frighten me” and it had a “long-lasting effect,” leaving her “quite nervous” afterward.

Asked about how she felt when the car was identified outside her property, Ms A said the “threat level increased” and it felt like a “more permanent” issue once the identity of the owner was established. The mother said the act of going through her bins was “really spiteful, unnecessary and petty.”

Ms A said she and her partner were confident it was Dr Salim having noticed she appeared on a dating app on her partner’s phone whenever seemingly nearby.

Further CCTV footage was provided to the inquiry, showing a person said to be the doctor, at Ms A’s place of work. The individual wore a hat and long pink coloured coat, with the images showing them holding up a phone to take pictures.

Ms A told the hearing how she was confident it was Dr Salim having been shown a picture of her online and she had in fact spoken to Dr Salim and served her in the shop. She said on the day in question three years ago, she “went into freeze” and her “fight or flight” instincts came in when she saw the individual said to be the doctor.

She described seeing the doctor as “invasive” at her place of work, leaving her sickened. The hearing heard that the person in the footage had been “disguised” in the hat, mask and long coat, peering round, displaying “odd” behaviour.

On 10 March 2021, it is alleged Dr Salim also with no reason or consent, accessed the medical records of Ms A and her children. Mr Breen told the hearing this was flagged up by Mark Ashton, information manager at Warrington and Halton NHS Trust and referred to the Information Commissioner’s Office.

It is alleged her behaviour amounted to harassment of Ms A in that she engaged in “a course of improper, oppressive and/or unreasonable conduct causing alarm and/or distress.”

The hearing continues.

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