Friday, May 27

Justice. Doctor imprisoned, suspected of killing two palliative care patients

A 40-year-old doctor has been indicted and imprisoned for the murder of two of his patients in palliative care, in Le Mans in 2020, using anesthetics.

The Le Mans public prosecutor’s office, which communicated on the case on Thursday, had opened a judicial investigation in April 2021 in this case following a report from the council of the order of doctors of Sarthe, said prosecutor Delphine Dewailly.

Colleagues denounce his actions

It was the suspect’s colleagues at the Pôle Santé Sud clinic in Le Mans who revealed the inappropriate actions of this doctor working in the palliative care unit.

He is suspected of having given lethal doses of anesthetics to at least two of his patients, without consulting their families or the medical team, between February and October 2020.

Struck off, he does not recognize the facts

Presumed innocent, he did not acknowledge the facts while in police custody.

Following the report, he was removed from the medical order and has not been practicing since last October.

The man was arrested Tuesday near Rouen, where he lives, before being taken into custody, then indicted and imprisoned.

Search for possible other victims

The investigations, carried out by investigators from the territorial directorate of the Angers judicial police, are continuing to determine whether other suspicious deaths can be attributed to the doctor in the other establishments he has attended in the past.

Suspected of breach of trust, the doctor was also placed under the status of assisted witness for this charge, said the prosecution.

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