Deregistered psychiatrist is reconvicted for murder of former boss

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 08 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1911
  1. Melissa Sweet
  1. 1Sydney

    One year after his first conviction was overturned on appeal, the deregistered Australian psychiatrist Jean Eric Gassy has again been convicted of the murder of his former boss, Margaret Tobin.

    Dr Tobin, a psychiatrist who was director of mental health for South Australia, was shot four times on 14 October 2002 as she left a lift while returning from lunch to her office in central Adelaide.

    On Wednesday 6 May a jury of the Supreme Court of South Australia returned a guilty verdict after deliberating for less than four hours.

    Mr Gassy was previously convicted in 2004 (BMJ 2004;329:759, doi:10.1136/bmj.329.7469.759). But in May last year the High Court of Australia ordered a retrial, holding that the original trial judge’s direction to a deadlocked jury had not been balanced enough (BMJ …

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