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Pathologist in Sally Clark murder case is charged with withholding vital evidence

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 27 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:216
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

The Home Office forensic pathologist in the Sally Clark murder case was incompetent and withheld vital evidence that could have cleared her, the General Medical Council heard this week.

Alan Williams, 58, is charged with a catalogue of failures in carrying out post mortem examinations two years apart on 11 week old Christopher and 8 week old Harry Clark; in not disclosing results of microbiology and biochemistry tests on Harry; and in the evidence he gave for the prosecution at Mrs Clark's murder trial at Chester Crown Court in 1999.

Mrs Clark was convicted of murdering both boys and served nearly three years in prison before her conviction …

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