Killer GP loses sex offences order appeal
ADOCTOR who murdered an expectant mum has lost his court appeal against a sexual offences notification order.
Michael McGrane molested nine other female patients before being jailed for life over the killing of Yuen Ling Chan in 1997.
Yuen Ling Chan accused McGrane of misconduct in Australia before her badly-decomposed body was found at her flat in south Brisbane.
Fifty-four-year-old McGrane, of Victoria Street, Southport , was released and deported back to England in 2013, when he was handed a sexual offences notification order.
McGrane, who is now back living in Merseyside, was found guilty of murdering seven-months pregnant Mrs Chan, 29, at a trial in 2001.
The student had been injected with a fatal dose of morphine.
In 2003, ahead of several failed appeals against conviction, McGrane admitted sexually abusing nine other female patients, at least four of whom were drugged.
The court heard he was convicted of seven counts of indecent assault and six counts of administering a stupefying drug with intent to commit indecent assault.
The notification order aims to protect the public by making McGrane tell police of any changes to his name or address, places where he regularly stays, or any plans to travel abroad.
But the murderer appealed against the order at Liverpool Crown Court, disputing he had intended to molest his drugged victims and claiming Australian authorities faked documents.
Judge David Aubrey, QC, said: “The appellant accepts the convictions but denies that, in respect of the ‘stupefying’ offences, the intention had been to indecently assault his patients and does not accept he was so convicted.
“He further submits that some of the court records and documents produced by the Australian authorities are either incomplete or have been falsified.
“We reject the appellant’s argument that any such documents have been falsified. We find as a fact and are satisfied that they have not been.”
Judge Aubrey continued: “The court is satisfied that the appellant was so convicted and sentenced.
“This court is not concerned with the veracity off any allegation but the fact o of the convictions.”
The former doctor, who represented himself in court, also argued his convictions were not relevant qualifying offences for the order.
The court heard the indecent assaults did not qualify because the sentence was less than 30 months, meaning his case hinged on the stupefying charges.
Michael McGrane was jailed for life over the killing of Yuen Ling Chan after she accused him of misconduct in Australia.
Judge Aubrey had to determine whether stupefying – an offence that does not exist in the UK – could “properly be construed and found to be an attempted indecent assault in accordance with English law”.
He said: “The same in turn requires the court to be satisfied that the act of administering diazepam with intent to commit an indecent assault is more than a mere preparatory act. That is a question of fact and the court so finds.”
Dismissing McGrane’s appeal, the judge told the killer he would have to pay £2,000 court costs.
McGrane studied at Manchester University before moving to the Middle East with his wife, Catherine, and settling in Australia in the late 1980s.
The couple had a baby in 1999, six weeks after he was charged with the murder of the accountancy student from Hong Kong.
Police originally believed Mrs Chan had committed suicide, but a post-mortem examination revealed she was injected with 200mgs of morphine.
The student had lodged a complaint against McGrane with the Australian Health Rights Commission two months earlier. She informed an investigator that the GP had given her an injection and she lost consciousness for 15 hours.
Two former patients also complained about McGrane allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting them during appointments.
McGrane, who previously worked in neurosurgery and anaesthetics in Britain, was struck off the register in August 1999, after six more women made complaints.
His mother, Mary McGrane, from Bootle, flew to Australia to give evidence in defence of her son during a sevenweek trial.
But a jury at Queensland Supreme Court took less than seven hours to find him guilty of murdering Mrs Chan, also known as Jessica. Judge David Aubrey QC
Dr Michael McGrane, 54, originally from Liverpool and now of Victoria Street, Southport, who molested female patients and murdered expectant mum Yuen Ling Chan, inset above right, when she reported him in Australia, has lost his appeal against a sexual offences notification order