Son must pay killer doc legal bill


Published: Friday 7th November 2014 by The News Editor

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The son of a man killed by a drugs overdose given by a foreign doctor must pay thousands of pounds in legal costs after being sued by him.

Rory Gray, 49, was sued in a German court by Dr Daniel Ubani for remarks he made when he and his brother confronted the doctor at a medical conference in the country.

An inquest found David Gray, 70, was unlawfully killed in 2008 after Dr Ubani, who was working as an out-of-hours locum, fatally administered 10 times the normal dose of diamorphine.

The Daily Telegraph said Mr Gray and his brother Stuart interrupted the conference, calling Dr Ubani a “charlatan”, “killer” and “animal”.

Now a court in Lindau, Germany, has ruled that Mr Gray must pay three quarters of the legal costs, running into thousands of pounds, write Dr Ubani a letter promising never to call him an animal again, and has threatened him with a £200,000 fine if he repeats the insult.

Mr Gray told the Daily Telegraph: “It makes me feel physically sick, it is quite hard to believe.

“We went to that conference because we were determined to make things safer for people – what we have done has changed the laws to make things safer across Europe.

“The General Medical Council has thanked us, the politicians have thanked us but now this. It shows the man has no integrity, no remorse.”

The disgraced doctor has since refused to return to the UK, where he has been struck off the medical register.

A European arrest warrant was issued by Cambridgeshire Police but could not be carried out because legal proceedings had begun in Germany.

Dr Ubani was charged with death by negligence at a court in Witten and given a nine-month suspended sentence and ordered to pay 5,000 euro (£4,100) costs but has since continued to practise.

Published: Friday 7th November 2014 by The News Editor

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