, News reports and pictures on London crown courts, General Medical Council and other courts en-us Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:13:51 GMT VARGHERE: FAMILY DOCTOR HUGGED PATIENT AND ASKED 'CAN I KISS YOU?' BINGLEY, YORKS A family doctor hugged a patient when he got upset during a consultation and asked the woman ‘can I kiss you?' Dr Aju Varghese, 34, became emotional during the appointment at Oakglen surgery, in Bingley, Yorks, when a young mother asked him if he had any children, a tribunal heard. The married father-of-one, who was going through ‘personal issues’ at the time, slunk away to his examination couch to hide his distress, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service heard. But when the woman in her twenties loosely put her arm around the GP to comfort him he said ‘I just really need a hug’ and pulled her closer before asking for a kiss, a fitness to practise panel found. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:27:00 GMT SHROTRIA: AWARD-WINNING SURGEON CLEARED OF FAILINGS IN OP THAT KILLED BREAST CANCER PATIENT MIDDLESEX An award-winning surgeon has been cleared of failings in her treatment of a breast cancer patient who died after a colleague performed a ‘risky’ operation without her knowledge. Dr Sunita Shrotria, a consultant at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals, Middlesex, operated on terminally ill Illeen Anil along with colleague Dr Janet Higgs on 22 May 2008. The pair undertook a joint procedure to remove a cancerous lump from the left breast of the 63-year-old and to reconstruct her right breast. But the former nurse died from complications after Dr Higgs mistakenly snipped a vein trying to remove another tumour, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service heard. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:58:00 GMT JONES: BUS DRIVER IN DENIAL THAT HEAVY DRINKING PUTTING HIM OVER LEGAL DRIVE LIMIT CENTRAL LONDON A bus driver is ‘in total denial’ about heavy drinking that could have left him over the limit behind the wheel, a court heard. Kevin Jones, 53, allegedly confessed to his GP he was drinking ‘half a bottle of Bacardi’ every evening, the High Court was told. The driver had his license suspended for nearly a year, losing around £17,000 in income, but Mr Jones denies ever admitting to an alcohol problem. He said court his ‘aggressive’ Spanish doctor, Dr Antonio Serrano, had ‘misunderstood’ his comments and denied he was trying to ‘cover up’ his dangerous drinking. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:02:00 GMT SAMANTAR: BROTHERS JAILED OVER STUDENT LOANS CON HACKNEY Three brothers who tried to con the Student Loans Company of more than £10,000 were jailed for a total of more than seven months today [FRI]. Osman, Ismail and Khalid Samantar paid two fraudsters £1,000 to supply them with false A-level certificates and references so they could enrol in university courses. They then made applications for cheap loans of £10,339.71 between September 2011 and October 2012. The Student Loans Company paid out £3,341.96 to Osman, 28, and £3,292.44 to Ismail, 26, before becoming suspicious. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:50:00 GMT ABDULRAHIM: PERVERTED PSYCHIATRIST HUGGED AND KISSED VULNERABLE 'PRETTY' PATIENT POWYS, WALES A Sudanese psychiatrist was ‘sexually motivated’ when he hugged and kissed a vulnerable patient after telling her she was ‘pretty and intelligent’, a tribunal ruled today (Fri). Dr Khidir Abdulrahim told bosses ‘I have betrayed my patients, the team and my reputation’ after admitting to acting inappropriately towards the woman at Bronllys Hospital, in Powys, Wales, the hearing was told. The former locum doctor was sacked after the incident and he could now face being struck off after a Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service panel found against him today (Fri). The 40-year-old woman, referred to as Patient A, had severe psychosis when Dr Abdulrahim entered her hospital bedroom on 10 August 2012. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:23:00 GMT PATRAUCEAN: SADISTIC CONSTRUCTION WORKER MURDERED A POPULAR ISRAELI WOMAN WITH A STANLEY KNIFE BEFORE MUTILATING HER BODY COLINDALE, NORTH LONDON A sadistic construction worker murdered a popular Israeli woman with a Stanley knife before mutilating her body, a court heard today (fri). Nicolae Patraucean, 21, strangled Rivka Holden, 55, and slit her throat then dismembering her body with a two-and-a-half inch Stanley knife blade, the Old Bailey was told. Ms Holden suffered horrific wounds in the attack at her home, in Falcon Way, Colindale, including slashes to her hands and face. Prosecutor Timothy Cray described the attack as 'sadistic' and said large amounts of cash found in the flat show that Patraucean was not motivated by money. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:15:00 GMT