Goalposts moved in Dr Death’s manslaughter trial

March 2nd, 2011 - 5:54 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Mar 2 (ANI): Indian-origin doctor Jayant Patel’s lawyers have told a court in Brisbane that “the goalposts were moved” during his manslaughter trial, causing the jury to wrongly pronounce him guilty on all counts, on the opening day of his appeal hearing.

Patel, 60, was sentenced to seven years’ jail in July last year after being found guilty of the manslaughter of three patients and the grievous bodily harm to another.

The patients died during Patel’s two-year stint as director of surgery at the Bundaberg Base Hospital in regional Queensland.

Addressing the Court of Appeal in Brisbane today, Ken Fleming QC said the court had “moved the goalposts” on Patel.

“The very way in which the case changed was so great that it was a miscarriage of justice,” The Australian quoted Fleming, as saying.

Patel also complains that the judge allowed jurors to hear about his disciplinary history in the US, including how he was reprimanded for gross or repeated acts of negligence.

The hearing will continue this afternoon with argument from crown prosecutor Ross Martin SC. (ANI)

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