Expert witness claimed that a defendant had “intermittent explosive disorder,” GMC hearsBMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c7067 (Published 08 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7067
- Clare Dyer
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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