'Dr Death' Jayant Patel found guilty on all counts by jury in manslaughter case

     After over 50 hours of deliberation by the jury, Indian origin surgeon Dr. Jayant Patel has been found guilty of manslaughter and causing grievous bodily harm. Six men and six women held the fate of Patel in their hands. Patel, 60, had pleaded not guilty in the Supreme Court in Brisbane to the manslaughter of Mervyn Morris, Gerardus Kemps and James Phillips, News.com.au reports. He also pleaded not guilty to the grievous bodily harm of Ian Vowles. The crown finished its case two weeks ago, with prosecutor Ross Martin urging the jury to return guilty verdicts on all charges. Martin characterized Patel as a "bad surgeon motivated by ego and suffering from lack of insight". He told the jury the trial was about judgments, and that Patel's negligence extended to his poor decisions about when to operate, and his choices about appropriate post-operative care.

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