Tuesday 21 November 2017

Doctor, nurses cleared of killing woman who died after abortion

The court heard that the decision to drop the manslaughter charge was taken following a review of the case Stock photo: www.jupiterimages.com
The court heard that the decision to drop the manslaughter charge was taken following a review of the case Stock photo: www.jupiterimages.com

Peter Johnson

A doctor and two nurses have been dramatically cleared of killing a woman who bled to death after travelling from Ireland to the UK for an abortion.

Dr Adedayo Adedeji (63), Gemma Pullen (32) and Margaret Miller (55) were formally acquitted of the gross negligence manslaughter of Aisha Chithira (32) after the prosecution had offered no evidence.

Ms Chithira was 22 weeks pregnant when she underwent the operation at the Marie Stopes clinic in Ealing, west London, on June 21, 2012.

She collapsed several hours later while travelling in a taxi in Slough, Berkshire and died of "extensive internal bleeding".

Prosecutor Sally O'Neill QC told the Old Bailey in London yesterday that the decision to drop the manslaughter charge was taken following a review of the case. No detailed reasons for the decision were given.

Dr Adedeji was also cleared of a remaining health and safety charge and will take no further part in the case but both Ms Pullen and Ms Miller still face the charge under the Health and Safety Act and are due to stand trial at the Old Bailey on June 8.

Their barristers urged the prosecution to reconsider their decision to pursue the allegation.

Dr Adedeji, of Hornchurch, Essex, Ms Pullen, of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire and Ms Miller, of Camberley, Surrey, were not in court yesterday when the decision was announced.

Both Ms Pullen and Ms Miller remain on bail.

Irish Independent

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