Dr Freddy Patel: G20 pathologist suspension extended

Dr Freddy Patel
Image caption Dr Freddy Patel cannot practise until May 2012 after his suspension was extended

A pathologist who gave disputed evidence at the inquest into a man's death after G20 protests has been suspended for a further five months.

Freddy Patel said newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson, who collapsed at protests in 2009, died of natural causes.

The jury at the inquest into his death disagreed however, and returned an unlawful killing verdict.

The General Medical Council decided to suspend Dr Patel further at a fitness to practice panel.

The panel said it was unable to conclude the hearing until other matters regarding Dr Patel's conduct were determined.

The panel decided Dr Patel's period of suspension, which was due to finish at the end of the year, should be extended to May 30th 2012.

A police officer, Simon Harwood, has pleaded not guilty to the manslaughter of Mr Tomlinson and is due to face trial next June.

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