Doctor's manslaughter trial halted owing to defendant's healthBMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7407.123 (Published 17 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:123
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
The trial of a doctor in England accused of manslaughter over the death of a teenage patient with cancer was halted last week after the judge was told that the defendant, Dr Feda Mulhem, was not fit to continue.
The jury was discharged in the second week of the trial at Nottingham Crown Court, but a retrial is still possible.
Dr Mulhem, aged 35, was charged with unlawfully killing Wayne Jowett, aged 18, who was recovering from leukaemia when the cytotoxic drug vincristine, which is meant …