Jayant Patel in limbo over manslaughter trial

Last Updated: Fri, Apr 19, 2013 05:50 hrs

Indian-origin surgeon Jayant Patel remains in limbo over whether he will be forced to stand trial for the manslaughter of two patients almost a decade ago.

The Brisbane Supreme Court on Friday was told the Crown intended to prosecute Patel for causing grievous bodily harm to patient Ian Rodney Vowels during colon surgery.

Prosecutors said they also intended to proceed with other outstanding charges of fraud and the unlawful killing of patients Garry Kemps, 77, and James Phillips, 46, the Courier Mail reports.

However, lawyers for Patel said Queensland's Director of Public Prosecutions Tony Moynihan, SC, had not yet responded to a submission requesting the manslaughter charges be withdrawn.

Patel applied to Moynihan to dismiss his outstanding manslaughter charges after a jury last month found him not guilty of unlawfully killing another patient, Mervyn John Morris, 75, in 2003, the report added. (ANI)

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