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Expert witness claimed that a defendant had “intermittent explosive disorder,” GMC hears

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c7067 (Published 08 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7067
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A psychiatrist who told a jury that a defendant charged with murder had “intermittent explosive disorder” and had no intention of harming the victim faces charges at the General Medical Council of behaving in a reckless and misleading way as an expert witness.

Anantha Kumar, who was a consultant psychiatrist with South London and the Maudsley NHS Trust at the time, put forward the diagnosis without explaining that it was a controversial one, a GMC fitness to practise panel heard.

Dr Kumar took on the role of defence expert without disclosing that …

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