Crown to go ahead with remaining Patel charges

THE Director of Public Prosecutions intends to go ahead with Jayant Patel's outstanding charges relating to his time as a surgeon at Bundaberg.

A jury found Patel not guilty on Wednesday of unlawfully killing patient Mervyn Morris at Bundbaerg Base Hospital in 2003.

Patel still faces two manslaughter, two grievous bodily harm, seven fraud and one attempted fraud charges.

In a review of the case in the Supreme Court this morning, the Crown confirmed an intention to prosecute Patel for the remaining charges.

Michael Byrne SC, for the Crown,  said the DPP intended to proceed with all charges subject to submissions received from the defence.

"...but the present expectation is to proceed on all charges," he said.

The court also heard the Crown had agreed to decrease Patel's surety from $15,000 to $10,000.

The matter was adjourned for review on April 19.



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