Dr Jayant Patel outside court in Brisbane after the DDP sensationally dropped all charges against him.
Dr Jayant Patel outside court in Brisbane after the DDP sensationally dropped all charges against him.

Charges against Jayant Patel dropped after fraud plea

UPDATE: THE Department of Public Prosecutions has dropped the two manslaughter charges against former Bundaberg surgeon Dr Jayant Patel.

Crown Prosecutor Peter Davis told a packed Brisbane Supreme Court this morning the Crown would not proceed with the charges.

"It is not in the interest of justice to proceed further with these charges," he said.

Justice Glenn Martin  told Dr Patel he was discharged in relation to all charges before the court.

Outside court Dr Patel said he could not comment.

EARLIER:

 FORMER Bundaberg surgeon Dr Jayant Patel is a step closer to freedom after the Director of Public Prosecutions sensationally dropped all charges against him this morning.

Dr Patel has just walked out of a packed Brisbane District Court where it was told the Crown would no longer be pursuing the outstanding grievous bodily harm charges.

However, Patel pleaded guilty to four outstanding fraud charges during March 2003 and April 2004 stemming from his time at Bundaberg Hospital.

Judge Terrance Martin released Dr Patel on bail and ordered that he reappear on November 21 for sentencing on the fraud charges.

Dr Patel is currently on route to the Brisbane Supreme Court with his legal team.

It is expected the Crown will there drop the two outstanding manslaughter charges.
 


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