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Indian doctor appeals in Oz
Last Updated : 15 Jul 2010 02:08:26 PM IST

 

 

Jayant Patel, an Indian origin doctor in Australia sentenced to 7 years in prison for manslaughter and causing grievous bodily harm on patients appealed against his sentence and conviction.

Dubbed "Dr Death", Patel was sentenced on  July 1 to seven years for each case of manslaughter and three years for grievous bodily harm. The sentences are to be served concurrently. His lawyers  has lodged the papers in the Queensland Court of Appeal .The trial involved the evidence of 76 witnesses over 53 days.

The prosecution had alleged that Phillips, Kemps and Morris would not have died but for Patel's decision to operate.

The surgeries on them were all "dangerous, unnecessary and inappropriate", the court was told. The prosecution went on to state that the operations on the three men should not have been done at Bundaberg as the hospital did not have the resources to cope with such major surgeries.

Patel's barrister Michael Byrne told the jury that Patel had performed the operations the benefit of his patients. He said that each operation had been carried out with the patient's consent.

Patel was chief of surgery at Bundaberg Base Hospital between 2003 and 2005.

Indian-born and US-trained, Patel had pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter of James Phillips, 46, Gerry Kemps, 77, and Mervyn Morris, 75, who died following surgery performed by him.


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