Medical Observer newspaper has reported that the jury in the trial of former Bundaberg surgeon Jayant Patel has been unable to reach a verdict and has been discharged:

Patel had pleaded not guilty to a charge of grievous bodily harm by unnecessarily removing Ian Vowles’s large intestine when he was director of surgery at the Bundaberg Base Hospital.

It was the second time Patel had faced trial over the same allegation. A 2010 Supreme Court jury found him guilty of causing Mr Vowles grievous bodily harm and killing three other patients. Patel was sentenced to seven years’ prison. However, all convictions were quashed on appeal last year and the charges are being retried separately.

Crown prosecutor Peter Davis said the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) would make an announcement shortly about whether a third trial would be sought.