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    Posted: 01 Oct 2010 at 10:20
APPRENTICE hopeful Joanna Riley has a secret criminal conviction for a racial attack on three cabbies.

The cleaning firm boss, 25, launched a shocking volley of abuse at the Asian trio following a boozy night out.

Joanna Riley ... hit out in cab row

Last night it emerged another contestant - a doctor hoping for an appointment with Apprentice glory - has a formal warning for "unprofessional behaviour" on his record.

Shibby Robati, who calls himself a surgeon and business owner, must declare it to ALL future employers. 

Formal warning ... Shibby Robati

Riley's shameful conviction came after she branded one of three cabbies a "f****** dirty P*ki" before booting their cars. Two taxi drivers were hurt - one breaking a tooth in the melee on a cab rank just yards from Windsor Castle.

The mum from Leicester had been out boozing with then-boyfriend Leon Kirk - dad to her twin boys - who waded in. Cops nicked the pair and she was charged with the racially-aggravated rant.

But minutes before she was due to stand trial she pleaded guilty to her part in the attack.

The revelation heaps fresh embarrassment on show supremo Lord Alan Sugar as she is the second contestant in two days to be exposed for having a run-in with the law.

The Sun told yesterday how mortgage broker Christopher Farrell, 29, was held on suspicion of fraud. He is also accused of hiding a weapons conviction from BBC bosses.

It is believed Riley told the show she had once been in an altercation - but failed to mention she had been convicted.

She claimed she kicked the cabs in October 2005, causing £1,000 damage, after one cabbie muttered: "You are going to get a good ride tonight." At Reading Crown Court, Judge Stanley Spence let her off with a two-year conditional discharge after she admitted racially aggravated fear or provocation of violence.

Last night an Apprentice source leapt to her defence. He said: "The driver made an extremely provocative, sexist and insulting comment. Joanna lashed out with comments she accepts were unacceptable. She deeply regrets it. Joanne's mixed race and is not a racist."

A spokesman for Talkback Thames, who produce the show, said: "We carry out criminal record checks on all candidates. In this case Joanna Riley's conditional discharge did not show up because it is spent and had been cleared from her record."

Meanwhile, we can reveal a string of complaints were made about Shibby Robati's professional conduct when he was working as a junior doctor for St George's Healthcare NHS Trust.

They include making himself available to work a locum shift in one department at the hospital while on duty in another - and failing to keep accurate medical records.

He also neglected to make himself readily available when on duty and failed to communicate effectively with colleagues.

A warning, issued by doctors' regulator the General Medical Council last November and which will remain on his records for five years, states: "This behaviour does not meet with the standards required of a doctor. It risks bringing the profession into disrepute and it must not be repeated."

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Leeds-born Robati, 27, appealed against the findings but his bid was dismissed. The Trust issued a final written warning at a disciplinary hearing. The doctor had previously received GMC advice about working with colleagues.

The budding apprentice, who hopes to pip 15 other candidates to a job with Lord Sugar, accepts he was "somewhat immature at the time", according to the warning on the GMC website.

The notes also pointed out that Dr Robati had taken appropriate measures to "remediate the clinical and practice failures identified" and said he "is now conducting himself appropriately".

The candidate, who lives in London, cites his inspiration as "aiming to deal with world leaders".

But a source said: "Find a doctor that worked with him and you'll struggle to find anyone who has anything good to say."

Paul Philip, director of standards and fitness to practise at the GMC, said: "This doctor has received a warning."


Edited by Alex - 01 Oct 2010 at 10:22
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