Scottish surgeon exposed himself to AirBnB tourists in bizarre argument with neighbor on balcony

A surgeon has admitted to ruining his life after being convicted of dropping his pants in front of a group of vacationers in a bizarre row with his neighbor over a building permit for a balcony.

Orthopedic surgeon Chris Oliver deliberately exposed himself and mocked tourists as they tried to persuade him to cover up to prevent children from seeing his naked body.

Nicola Woolfries and her family were on the balcony of the Air BnB property next to Oliver’s beachfront home when he stripped down in front of them and cursed.

The doctor told them he was doing it to prevent them from coming back to visit them, but the police were called and he was taken into custody and held in a cell for 12 hours.

Oliver, 60, stood in shame on the dock at Dundee Sheriff Court as he admitted to being accused of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner at Cellardyke on July 7 last year.

He admitted to acting in a way that causes fear or alarm to a reasonable person by screaming and exposing his genitals and butt to Nicola Woolfries, 34.

Financial assistant Carol Doherty told the court: “The accused had already had problems with the owner of the building next to his, about the erection of a balcony which could have been done without a permit. to build.

“The owner rents the property as Air BnB and there have been numerous complaints lodged with the council. At 7:45 pm Miss Woolfries, her partner and mother returned to the property and stepped out onto the new balcony to check out view.

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“At the same time, the accused was in his garden at the back of his house, with his wife and another man. Upon seeing them, the accused began to stand up loudly with them.”

Oliver yelled “look at this and you won’t be coming back” as he walked straight up to the family on the balcony.

“At this point, she noticed that the accused had his shorts around his ankles and exposed his genitals,” Miss Doherty told the court.

Miss Woolfries yelled at the accused to pull up his pants and he refused, stating that they shouldn’t be staying there and that it was the owners fault if he did so.

Miss Woolfries explained that anything to do with the balcony or work in progress had nothing to do with them as they were guests.

“He continued to protest loudly and they shouted at him to pull up his pants. He continued to stand in front of them completely exposed.”

She said he was asked to dress again and was told there was a nine-year-old girl nearby.

“The accused, upon hearing this, turned around to show them his butt, leaned over and shouted, ‘Can you see everything?'”

The child must have been kept away from the stage.

“At the same time, a passer-by was walking along the beach, just under the properties when he heard the accused shouting things on the balcony and heard a male voice asking someone to pull up his pants.”

Police were called and arrived at Oliver’s home hours later when he admitted his pants were down and he had been seen by tourists.

Oliver said: “I exposed myself to them, but it was not done intentionally or aggressively. I sometimes sunbathe naked.”

Defense attorney Mark Stewart QC told the court the incident and trial would impact his professional reputation and said he was being reviewed by the General Medical Council.

Mr Stewart said: “There are some pretty unusual circumstances that led to this situation. It wasn’t a sexual issue. It was more of a protest.

“He spent 12 hours in police custody. The GMC procedure is ongoing and cannot be processed until this case is completed.”

The prosecution originally alleged that he exposed himself sexually, but that reference was dropped by the Crown.

Sheriff Neil Bowie postponed the sentence until next month and said: “Given the nature of this incident, I think the court would benefit from reports.”

Oliver was released on bail.

Outside of court, Oliver – who stopped operating at 57 because diabetes made him lose sensation in his hands – said: “I can’t say anything. It destroyed me.”

He was previously a trauma surgeon at the Royal Edinburgh Infirmary and later became a health promotion guru after cycling across the United States and throwing 15 stones.

He also started a secondary career as a music promoter and composed an album of songs by local musicians based around the Fife coast.

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