Appeal against Patel sentences

QUEENSLAND Attorney-General Cameron Dick yesterday lodged an appeal in the Court of Appeal in Brisbane against all sentences imposed on former Bundaberg Hospital surgeon Dr Jayant Patel for manslaughter and grievous bodily harm.

Dr Patel, dubbed Dr Death following his lethal stint as chief of surgery at Bundaberg Base Hospital between 2003 and 2005, was found guilty last month of the manslaughter of three patients and the grievous bodily harm of a fourth patient. The jury delivered its verdict in the Brisbane Supreme Court after seven days of deliberations in the 14-week-long case.

Indian-born and US-trained Dr Patel, 60, 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. He had also pleaded not guilty to the grievous bodily harm of Ian Vowles, whose healthy bowel he removed in October 2004.

The trial, involving the evidence of 76 witnesses over 53 days, is believed to be one of the longest in Queensland’s Supreme Court history.

Mr Dick said the grounds of the appeal were that the sentences were inadequate in all the circumstances and failed to reflect the gravity of the offences.

Gympie Times


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