Trial date for ex-GP on patient fraud charges
THE trial of a former GP accused of obtaining money under false pretences from families of two terminally ill cancer patients is expected to proceed next month.
Paschal Carmody (63), of Ballycuggeran, Killaloe, Co Clare, is facing nine charges of obtaining €16,554 by deception or under false pretences from the families of two terminally ill patients at the East Clinic in Killaloe in 2001-02.
At Limerick Circuit Court yesterday, Judge Carroll Moran was told that the firm of Frank Buttimer Solicitors had been instructed to represent the former GP.
Judge Moran told barrister Lorcan Connolly that he was delighted he had come on record for Mr Carmody.
In the case, seven of the nine charges faced by Mr Carmody relate to the late 15-year-old Co Wexford boy Conor O'Sullivan, who died from an aggressive form of bone cancer in November 2002.
The remaining two relate to John Sheridan (58), of Kells, Co Kilkenny, who died from liver cancer in November 2002.
Earlier this week Mr Carmody told the judge that he wished to represent himself, but the judge said he would prefer him to have a solicitor and barrister.
Counsel for the state John O'Sullivan said Mr Carmody's decision to secure legal representation was welcomed but said it was a "matter of great anxiety" that the trial was listed to go ahead next month.
Mr O'Sullivan said the assembly of witnesses would be difficult because some of them would be coming from abroad.
Judge Carroll Moran told the parties they could assume that the trial would go ahead and said a judge had been arranged to hear the case on November 27.