Former Bundaberg surgeon Dr Jayant Patel (second from right) leaves Brisbane District Court on Thursday, October 3, 2013.
Former Bundaberg surgeon Dr Jayant Patel (second from right) leaves Brisbane District Court on Thursday, October 3, 2013. Adam Davies

Patel back in court on manslaughter charges days after trial

FORMER Bundaberg surgeon Dr Jayant Patel has returned to court to face manslaughter charges only three days after a jury failed to reach a verdict in his grievous bodily harm trial.

He is facing two charges of manslaughter, one of negligence causing harm and several fraud charges stemming from his time as director of surgery at Bundaberg Base Hospital.

Dr Patel, 63, attended the Brisbane Supreme Court on Friday but was not required to speak during the brief appearance.

Both parties sought an adjournment until November 8 so the grievous bodily harm matter could be dealt with in the lower court.

The Director of Public Prosecutions has yet to indicate whether he will continue to pursue the grievous bodily harm matter.

Patel is due back in the Brisbane District Court next week.

Dr Patel faced a Brisbane District Court trial earlier this month accused of causing grievous bodily harm through medical negligence to former patient Ian Vowles.

The jury was discharged earlier this week after it was unable to reach a verdict.

In 2010, a jury convicted him of three counts of manslaughter and grievous bodily harm.

However, last year the High Court of Australia declared a miscarriage of justice and quashed the convictions.

Dr Patel was re-tried in the Brisbane Supreme Court earlier this year for the manslaughter of Mervyn John Morris, 75, where a jury found him not guilty.



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