Medical practitioner: Murder conviction

A general practitioner, in a judge alone trial R v Crickitt [2016] NSWSC 1738, has been found guilty on a charge of murder of his then wife.

The Crown case was that the accused deliberately injected insulin into the left buttock of the deceased [his wife] on the night of 31 December 2009 or in the early morning of 1 January 2010. The Crown submitted that if the Court accepted that fundamental proposition, there could be no doubt that this was done with the intention to murder the deceased because she was not a diabetic and there was no legitimate medical reason for the accused to inject her with insulin: [3].

At [350] the Court held that:

  1. That the accused improperly obtained a supply of insulin on 31 December 2009 otherwise than in the normal course of his work as a medical practitioner by means of the Kristina Mitchell NovoRapid prescription.
  2. That on 31 December 2009 the accused administered a quantity of insulin by way of injection to the deceased.
  3. That the administration of the insulin to the deceased was a deliberate act on the part of the accused and that this act caused the death of the deceased.
  4. That the injection of insulin to the deceased by the accused was done with an intention to cause her death.

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