Dr Death brought to back to Australia, will face court today

July 21st, 2008 - 11:33 am ICT by ANI  

Brisbane , July 21 (ANI): Dr Jayant Patel of Indian origin, who acquired the sobriquet Dr Death for botching up several surgeries, has been extradited from the US on manslaughter charges. He was taken to a Brisbane watchhouse in a police convoy.

Two Queensland detectives brought Dr Patel back to Australia on a Qantas flight from Los Angeles . He was taken straight to waiting police cars, which drove into Brisbane ‘’s CBD to the watchhouse, accompanied by several police motorcycles.

Before his departure from the US yesterday, Dr Patel was not allowed to meet his friends and family members, although he was allowed to make several private telephone calls. His wife, Kishoree, who is also a doctor in Portland , Oregon , has not accompanied her husband. However, she is expected to attend his trial.

The 58-year-old doctor is expected to make a brief court appearance this afternoon, facing charges including manslaughter, grievous bodily harm and fraud, when he worked at the Bundaberg Base Hospital between 2003 and 2005.

Former patients of Dr Patel have said it is a great relief to see him back in the country. Several of them have travelled from Bundaberg to Brisbane for today’’s court hearing.

Obviously the fact that he has arrived back here has been a huge weight lifted. We always kept the faith. We always knew it was going to happen, Beryl Crosby, who heads a support group for former patients, said.

Queensland Attorney-General Kerry Shine said he was confident Dr Patel would receive a fair trial. Queensland juries are properly directed, judges are quite capable of deciding the innocence or guilt of a person based on the evidence that is produced … in the trial only, The Australian quoted him as saying.

Government and legal sources reportedly said that they expected Dr Patels legal counsel to apply for bail this week and for it to be granted. Any bail application would probably include strict reporting conditions, the forfeiture of his passport, and the lodging of a substantial surety by one of his family or supporters. It is not uncommon for people on serious charges to be granted bail, a government source said and added: In fact, it is sensible to do so to allow an accused access to his counsel to work through his defence to the charges. (ANI)

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