Dad’s death – jailed sur­geon wins ap­peal

Con­vic­tion was ‘un­safe’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­

A SUR­GEON from Hilling­don who was jailed over the death of a pa­tient at a hos­pi­tal in Har­row has suc­cess­fully ap­pealed his con­vic­tion.

David Sellu, 69, was con­victed in Novem­ber 2013 of gross neg­li­gence man­slaugh­ter at the Old Bai­ley fol­low­ing the death of fa­ther-of-six James Hughes who fell ill af­ter knee surgery.

Dr Sellu was given a two-and-a-half-year prison sen­tence fol­low­ing Mr Hughes’ death at Cle­men­tine Churchill Hos­pi­tal in 2010.

How­ever, on Tues­day Novem­ber 15, Court of Ap­peal judges agreed to quash Dr Sellu’s con­vic­tion.

Mr Hughes, 66 and from North­ern Ire­land, had a planned left knee re­place­ment in Fe­bru­ary 2010. While re­cov­er­ing he de­vel­oped ab­dom­i­nal pain and was trans­ferred to Dr Sellu’s care.

The re­tired builder suf­fered a per­fo­rated bowel and died on Fe­bru­ary 14.

Ap­peal judges heard that the prose­cu­tion case said Dr Sellu should have per­formed an op­er­a­tion to re­pair the per­fo­rated bowel at a much ear­lier time.

But a QC ar­gued that the con­vic­tion of Dr Sellu, who served 15 months be­fore be­ing re­leased in Fe­bru­ary 2015, was ‘un­safe’ on a num­ber of grounds.

Sir Brian Leve­son, who heard the case with Lord Jus­tice Ir­win and Mr Jus­tice Globe, an­nounced that the con­vic­tion should be quashed.

The prose­cu­tion was given 24 hours to ap­ply for a re­trial.

James Hughes

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