French psychiatrist is convicted of manslaughter after her patient kills an elderly man

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 27 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8693
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A French psychiatrist has been found guilty of manslaughter after a patient with paranoid schizophrenia hacked an elderly man to death, in the first case of its kind in France.

Danielle Canarelli, 58, was convicted of “involuntary homicide” and given a one year suspended prison sentence over the death of 83 year old Germain Trabuc in March 2004.

A court in Marseille said that Canarelli, who has 30 years’ experience, committed a “grave error” in failing to recognise the …

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