The case of a doctor accused of sexually assaulting a patient is going to the jury.
Closing arguments were delivered today at Hartford Superior Court.
During the trial, both the accuser and the defendant took the stand. They presented very different versions of events — and different impressions.
Well-educated Doctor Edwin Njoku looked directly at jurors, and frequently offered explanations of medical concepts, even at times during cross examination when the states attorney did not want those explanations.
He said his accuser was the one who initiated sexual contact in his office.
Speaking earlier in the case, the female patient identified only as A.D. sat low in her chair on the witness stand, and admitted she could only read and write a little.
She cried at times.
There were long pauses as she descried details of how the doctor held her down on an examining table and forced her to have sex.
The doctor’s DNA was found on the patient’s body, and on her pants.
The doctor says he has an injury that makes him spit when he talks, and he says he remembers her pants differently from the pants the states attorney said the woman was wearing.
Two other women also testified that he sexually assaulted them.