The chief prosecutor in Queensland has said he will pursue charges that Indian-origin surgeon Jayant Patel killed two former patients almost a decade ago.
Prosecutors told the Brisbane District Court they intend to proceed to trial against the 62-year-old doctor for the alleged manslaughter of patients Gerry Kemps, 77, and James Phillips, 46.
The revelation came less than 42 hours after a jury found the former Bundaberg Hospital surgeon not guilty of unlawfully killing another patient, Mervyn John Morris, the Courier Mail reports.
Prosecutor Michael Byrne, SC, told the court the DPP, headed by Tony Moynihan, SC, had decided to pursue all outstanding charges against Patel.
However, lawyers for Patel revealed they would make submissions to Queensland’s Attorney General Jarrod Bleijie.
Patel won an historic victory on Wednesday when a jury found him not guilty of unlawfully killing another patient, Mervyn John Morris, 75, in 2003.
According to the report, he still faces 11 criminal charges, including the manslaughter of Kemps and Phillips.
The remaining charges include counts of GBH against Vowles and Darcy Blight, as well as seven counts of fraud plus attempted fraud at Bundaberg between December 2002 and April 2005, the report added.