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Disgraced surgeon Ian Paterson jailed for 15 years

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Published: 12:07 GMT, May 31, 2017 |
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Breast surgeon Ian Paterson has been jailed for 15 years after carrying out unnecessary operations. Paterson, 59, carried out surgery on nine women and one man after falsely telling them they had breast cancer.

He had been convicted of 17 counts of wounding with intent and three of unlawful wounding, after a trial last month.

Jurors at Nottingham Crown Court were told Paterson exaggerated or invented the risk of cancer. The court was told he did so for “obscure motives” that may have included a desire to “earn extra money”.

Sentencing Paterson, Mr Justice Jeremy Baker said: “In pursuit of your own… material rewards, you lost sight of what you were doing.

“Without any regard for the long-term effects, you deliberately preyed on their long-term fears.

“You can be a charming and charismatic individual but you deliberately used those characteristics to manipulate your patients.”

(BBC)