Doctor faces trial over hepatitis C cases

2012-05-23 10:12

An Australian doctor accused of infecting 56 women with hepatitis C while trying to conceal his own drug use has been ordered to stand trial.

Prosecutors allege anesthesiologist James Latham Peters knew he carried the liver-destroying virus when he used pre-filled syringes to give anesthetics to himself then injected the remainder in his patients.

Melbourne Magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg ruled today that sufficient evidence had been presented to convict the doctor of all 168 charges that include endangering life. Peters pleaded not guilty.

The women were patients at a Melbourne clinic providing abortions. They were allegedly infected over 18 months in 2008 and 2009.

It’s not clear what potential sentence Peters faces if convicted.

A trial date has not been set.

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