Jayant Patel's lawyers to poll jurors about bias in next trial

Last Updated: Fri, Apr 19, 2013 09:20 hrs

Indian-origin doctor Jayant Patel's lawyers will again apply to poll prospective jurors about bias in his upcoming trial.

The lawyers will again apply to poll prospective jurors when the Bundaberg surgeon next stands trial in Brisbane.

According to the Herald Sun, Patel will face court later this year on one charge of grievous bodily harm over allegations he inappropriately removed the colon of Ian Vowles in October 2004.

His barrister, Ken Fleming QC, told the Supreme Court in Brisbane on Friday he would seek to have the jury panel quizzed about prior knowledge and possible bias against Patel, who has been the subject of significant publicity since his arrest, the report said.

If allowed, the polling is expected to take the form of a written questionnaire, followed by clarification of any answers in open court, it added. (ANI)

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