Surgeon found guilty of killing patient at private hospital
A senior doctor at a private hospital has been convicted of killing a patient.
Surgeon David Sellu, 66, was found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter over the death of father of six James Hughes, following a trial at the Old Bailey.
Mr Hughes, 66, died at the Clementine Churchill Hospital in Harrow, north-west London, on February 14, 2010.
Sellu was found not guilty of perjury after he was accused of lying to the victim's inquest under oath.
Mr Hughes, a retired builder, had a planned left knee replacement on February 5.
The operation went well but while recovering from surgery he developed abdominal pain and was transferred to the care of Sellu, who has been a doctor for four decades.
Sellu suspected that there had been a rupture in Mr Hughes's bowel - a potentially life-threatening condition that requires surgery - but the surgeon ignored the urgency that the case demanded.
Mr Hughes's wife Ann described the suffering experienced by the family.
In a victim impact statement read out in court by prosecutor Bobbie Cheema QC, she said: "For three years we have struggled to discover and then accept the truth of what happened to Jim.
"The world does not stand still but for us we have been subjected to a tortuous purgatory that can only be brought to an end by truth and justice.
"Our trust in normal processes, authorities and structures of society was shattered by the inexplicable, callous and deceitful actions of the medical profession entrusted with the most basic responsibility to protect human life."