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annsixty Sat 03-Jun-17 14:09:05

It has been reported today that the nurse at our !ocal hospital, who randomly injected insulin into bags and ampoules of saline, ran up costs of £800,000 during his trial. He killed at least 2 patients and seriously injured more. The sum is said to be more than his victims have been awarded in compensation.

norose4 Sat 03-Jun-17 14:32:22

How awful Annie, I have often wondered about the costs of high profile court cases, I can't for the life of me think why it costs so much, I guess there is an accountability somewhere .someone somewhere must be reaping the benefits.

Smileless2012 Sat 03-Jun-17 14:40:43

Are you saying that the £800,000 was the cost of his defense and was paid for by the tax payer as it was covered by legal aid or was this the total cost of the trial? I'm asking because the thread title is 'Legal aid'.

annsixty Sat 03-Jun-17 14:45:01

I will find the article again and check.

annsixty Sat 03-Jun-17 14:50:57

It is widely reported in several newspapers that that was the cost of his defence, covered by legal aid.

Smileless2012 Sat 03-Jun-17 14:51:42

I'll keep looking for you to post againsmile.

Smileless2012 Sat 03-Jun-17 14:54:44

Our posts crossed. That's outrageousshock. Everyone's entitled to a defense but it's awful if that cost more than the compensation received by his victims.

It would be interesting to see a breakdown of the costs wouldn't it.

ninathenana Sat 03-Jun-17 16:55:09

I was outraged when I read this in the paper today.

Christinefrance Sat 03-Jun-17 18:06:29

I think the rules about receiving legal aid have been tightened up now haven't they ?