Poison bid doctor to be struck off

A doctor who tried to poison his lover in an attempt to abort her baby will be struck off the medical register, the General Medical Council said today.





Edward Erin, who was jailed for six years in 2009, has "not demonstrated any insight into the gravity of his actions", a disciplinary panel found.

He tried to give Bella Prowse miscarriage-inducing drugs by grinding up tablets and spiking a Starbucks coffee and then a bottle of orange juice in 2008.

But his lover was suspicious and took the drinks to police. She spent her pregnancy not knowing if her unborn baby had been harmed by drugs she had unwittingly taken.

Today the GMC said: "The panel noted that this case is concerned with grave breaches of good medical practice. It is concerned that Dr Erin's offences were premeditated acts, using his medical skills and knowledge, to attempt to cause serious harm to others.

"As a doctor, he knew or should have known that Methotrexate in particular could cause long-term harm to his intended victim and her unborn child. The panel considers that Dr Erin has never acknowledged fault in this case and has shown no remorse for his actions and the panel has received no evidence to suggest he has now gained insight into the gravity of his actions."

It found that his behaviour was "utterly unacceptable and is fundamentally incompatible with his remaining a registered medical practitioner".

The medic was a chest consultant at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, west London, when Miss Prowse, who worked there as a secretary, became the latest in a series of affairs.

They had a brief relationship after a Christmas party, but six weeks later, she found she was pregnant and refused to have an abortion.

Despite the attempted poisoning she later gave birth to a healthy boy, Ernie.



Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
ebooks
ebookPart of The Independent’s new eBook series The Great Composers
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs General

    Recruitment Genius: Web Developer

    £18000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This design and print company a...

    Recruitment Genius: Lift and Elevator Contract Manager - London

    £38000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An exciting opportunity has ari...

    Recruitment Genius: Sales Engineer - OTE £40,000

    £25000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Sales Engineer is required to...

    Ashdown Group: Systems Administrator - Hull - £32,000

    £30000 - £32000 per annum + £4200 car allowance: Ashdown Group: 3rd Line Suppo...

    Day In a Page

    Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

    Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

    How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
    Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

    Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

    Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
    Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

    Aviation history is littered with grand failures

    But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
    Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

    Fortress Europe?

    Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
    Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

    Never mind what you're wearing

    It's what you're reclining on that matters
    General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

    Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

    The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
    Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

    Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

    Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
    Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

    Marginal Streets project documents voters

    Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
    Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

    The real-life kingdom of Westeros

    Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
    How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

    How to survive a Twitter mauling

    Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
    Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

    At dawn, the young remember the young

    A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
    Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

    Follow the money as never before

    Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
    Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

    Samuel West interview

    The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
    General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

    Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

    Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
    Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

    Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

    The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence