Killer GP loses sex of­fences or­der ap­peal

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY NEIL DOCKING & JENNY KIRKHAM vis­news@south­portvis­ @Visiter

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

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