Urologist cleared of manslaughterBMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7400.1166-f (Published 29 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1166
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
A urologist accused of the manslaughter of an elderly patient who died during a nephrectomy was cleared this week after the judge presiding over the trial ruled that there was no case to answer.
The recorder of Leeds, Judge Norman Jones QC, accepted a submission from defence counsel Robert Smith QC that Hurais Syed, 48, should be discharged at the end of the four week prosecution case.
After three days of legal argument the judge ruled at Leeds Crown Court that the prosecution …