Sheffield GP cleared over deaths of patients

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a DOCTOR accused of killing two patients by prescribing high doses of a painkiller between checking emails and cricket scores on his computer has been cleared of manslaughter.

Rejendra Kokkarne, aged 37, of Fulmar Way, Worksop, denied two counts of manslaughter by gross negligence and walked free from Leeds Crown Court on Friday.

The GP had been on trial accused of causing the deaths of care home patients Beryl Barber, 78 and Eric Watson, 86.

Both pensioners died after they were prescribed morphine sulphate by Dr Kokkarne.

He had been told about their pain over the phone by a nurse at the Charlton Centre for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care in Batley, West Yorkshire.

Mrs Barber had been suffering from painful ulcers and Mr Watson had a urinary infection and mouth ulcers.

The court heard the patients were prescribed 10 times the normal starting dose and that the GP had been checking cricket scores and looking at emails when he prescribed the drug.

Dr Kokkarne told police he had made a mistake.

He was acquitted on both counts by a jury after more than a day of deliberations.