'Dr. Death' Patel's jury told to 'pay attention' to evidence while deciding Indian-origin doc's guilt

Sydney, Mar. 11 (ANI): The jury in the manslaughter trial of Indian-origin doctor Jayant Patel has been told they are duty-bound to pay attention to the evidence when deciding whether he is guilty or not guilty.

In the Supreme Court in Brisbane, Justice George Fryberg began his closing address just before midday on Monday, using a PowerPoint slide presentation to help the jury of five men and eight women to consider their verdict.

Justice Fryberg said that it was their duty to pay attention to the evidence and to say whether he is guilty or not guilty.

According to the Courier Mail, he added that the jury must determine the facts and that includes determining what evidence to accept and what evidence to not accept.

He said that the accused is presumed to be innocent and you can convict him only if the prosecution established he is guilty, adding that 'the prosecution must prove guilty beyond reasonable doubt'.

The former Bundaberg Hospital surgeon, 62, has pleaded not guilty to unlawfully killing Mervyn John Morris, 75, who died three weeks after a sigmoid colostomy and colectomy removed part of his bowel on May 23, 2003, the report said.

According to the report, crown prosecutor Peter Davis SC said Patel misdiagnosed the cause of Morris' ongoing rectal bleeding, misjudged the risks, ignored his patient's other underlying health problems and provided inadequate post-operative care.

He said Patel's behaviour was criminally negligent and caused his patient's death, the report added. (ANI)

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