British Doctor Poisons Former Lover in Attempt to Force Her to Have Abortion
by Steven Ertelt
November 3, 2008
London, England (LifeNews.com) — A British doctor stands accused of trying to poison a former girlfriend in an attempt to cause her to have an abortion by miscarrying her unborn child. Metropolitan Police says 43-year-old Edward Erin, a hospital consultant, has been charged with attempting to poison Bella Prowse.
Erin is accused of obtaining and administering drugs to the woman, with whom he formerly had a dating relationship and an extramarital affair.
Police say the doctor appeared in Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court on October 7 to face the charges of three counts of administering a drug with the intent of producing a miscarriage.
According to the Metro News, Erin attempted to poison Prowse on three separate occasions in early February. Police say he used the drugs methotrexate and diclofenac in the abortion bid and tried to administer them once at her home by putting the drugs in a tea he made for her.
Erin worked at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington in West London. The Metro News indicated he posted bail and faces another hearing on December 1 to enter a plea in the case.
An unnamed representative of the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust told the newspaper Erin is no longer on the official register of physicians with the national health service.
"Dr Edward Erin was excluded from working at the trust in February 2008 when a criminal investigation into allegations made against him began," the spokesman said.
"The investigation is related to an incident in Dr Erin’s private life and is unrelated to Dr Erin’s care of patients," the representative added. "The trust is unable to comment further while legal proceedings are pending."
Prowse, 32, gave birth to a healthy boy a month ago.
Erin has also worked at the National Heart and Lung Institute, based at the Royal Brompton Hospital in Hammersmith, West London and was pioneering research into the effect of smoking on the nose.
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