A POLICE doctor who used Angel Delight desserts to drug young girls before sexually attacking and filming them has been dubbed a "Dr Jekyll and Dr Hyde" character.
Forensic medical examiner Robert Wells, from Cwmbran, Gwent - described in court as "a unique and inspirational doctor" - led a double life as a "serial paedophile".
The 52-year-old was jailed yesterday for 15 years after he was found guilty of nine counts involving three girls: two aged 11 and one aged five.
The jury of nine men and three women cleared Wells of one count of rape and one of indecent assault of the five-year-old after seven-and- a-half hours of deliberations at Winchester Crown Court.
He had denied all the charges during the four-week trial. But as the verdicts were read out, curly-haired Wells, wearing a suit with a yellow tie, closed his eyes before staring ahead.
Sentencing him, Judge Keith Cutler said, "You have presented yourself at trial as a man of good character and as a hard working, able and generous medical doctor. The evidence put before the jury has also revealed the sinister and secret traits of your character.
"And by their verdicts, the jury have found you a dangerous sex offender preying on young girls, influencing their families with your money and the status of your profession and gaining their trust and therefore gaining unsupervised access to those girls."
He added, "It is my conclusion that you gained particular perverted pleasure from the power you had over your victims, particularly when you used your professional knowledge to administer Temazepam to facilitate your indecent assaults on them while filming them."
The trial heard that Wells, formerly of Hangleton Road, Hove, and Priory Avenue, Southampton, worked as what is commonly known as a police surgeon in the Southampton and Winchester areas of Hampshire and also had a private practice in Brighton.
During the trial, Stephen Parish, prosecuting, described Wells as a "Dr Jekyll and Dr Hyde" character and a "serial paedophile". He said that he lied to the mother of the two sisters, persuading her to leave them solely in his care on February 25 last year.
After a trip to Marwell Zoo in Hampshire, he took them to his flat in Southampton where he drugged them both in Angel Delight desserts that he fed them before assaulting the elder child as she slept while filming the attack.
It was not until after Wells dropped them off the next day that the mother noticed the older girl was "spaced out".
The youngster was taken to hospital and blood and urine samples found the older girl had Benzodiazepine in her body and the younger sister also had Temazepam in her samples.
Both drugs would have knocked the girls out and caused them to suffer amnesia.
Mr Parish said the levels in the older girl could have been potentially fatal and Wells had got it wrong and overdosed the girl.
At the Southampton address police found a piece of paper which the prosecution alleged was a timetable for the drugging of the two sisters and the abuse of the elder one.
Detectives then spoke to another 11-year-old daughter of a family friend from Brighton and she alleged that Wells had attacked her repeatedly during most of 2002 and early 2003 when he was alone with her.
In the raid on the Southampton house police also found a contraption of covered polystyrene on a wooden board with red straps which the girl said was called Satan's Pillow.
Timothy Mouseley QC, defending, said patients of Wells had described him as "a unique and inspirational doctor".
He added, "It appears there are two sides to his character, a dark side but the other side of his character is reflected in the way so many people speak of him as a man who has made a significant contribution in public life and the medical sphere."
Wells has been suspended as a doctor by the General Medical Council and was yesterday banned indefinitely from working with children and placed for life on the sex offenders' register.