Patel's lawyers plead for mercy ahead of sentencing

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Brisbane, July 1 (ANI): Lawyers representing 'Dr. Death' Jayant Patel, the Indian-origin surgeon accused of manslaughter, have appealed to the Supreme Court of Brisbane to show mercy to their client during sentencing later today.

The Brisbane Times quoted defence lawyers as asking Judge Byrne to allow Patel his freedom by wholly suspending his jail term, citing his "virtual home detention" while on bail awaiting trial in Queensland.

At the killer doctor's sentencing hearing this morning, Patel's lawyers said the convicted surgeon had been a prisoner at home while on bail in Brisbane because if he ventured out, he was at risk of being abused by angry members of the public.

Due to publicity surrounding his lethal stint at Bundaberg Base Hospital, barrister Michael Byrne QC said Patel had "been the subject of personal abuse by people in the streets of Brisbane".

Doctor Jayant Patel has been found guilty of manslaughter and grievous bodily harm. As a result he had remained in the safety of his own home during the two years he had been on bail awaiting trial," he said.

"That's akin to home detention," Byrne added.

"He had no friends, no family ... in a foreign country isolated from friends and family, going on to the streets alone was a cause of concern for him," he said. (ANI)

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