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Doctor approved detention of unconscious man three hours before he died, court hears

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e476 (Published 17 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e476
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A “grossly negligent” doctor gave the all clear for an unconscious man to be detained in a police cell just three hours before he died, Southwark Crown Court in London was told this week.

Hisham El-Baroudy, a former forensic medical examiner, is standing trial for gross negligence manslaughter over the death of Andrzej Rymarzak at Chelsea police station in January 2009.

Alex Bailin QC, opening the case for the prosecution, told the court that Mr Rymarzak, 43, was homeless and known to police and …

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