DOCTOR FLAWED; Meadow Denies 'Misleading' Evidence in Child Murder Trials

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A TOP paediatrician gave "misleading and flawed" evidence which helped wrongly convict a mother of murdering her two sons, medical watchdogs were told yesterday.

Two other mums Professor Sir Roy Meadow helped send to jail for killing their babies were at a General Medical Council hearing to confront him for the first time since they were freed.

Sitting 10ft from him, Angela Cannings and Donna Anthony also heard Prof Meadow, 72, branded "naive" and "incompetent".

Prof Meadow denies a charge of serious professional misconduct for evidence he gave at the trial of Cheshire solicitor Sally Clark.

She was freed on appeal two years ago after being jailed in 1999 for murdering sons Christopher and Harry.

The GMC panel in London heard Prof Meadow had told Mrs Clark's trial the chance of her losing two babies naturally was one in 73 million - despite knowing of research suggesting it could be as low as one in 77.

Robert Seabrook, QC, said his evidence "was flawed and misleading"and used to suggest probability of guilt.

The QC went on: "He either did not understand what he was doing, should not have given such evidence and was incompetent to do so or he was using the material carelessly in support of a proposition he was making to the effect that Sally Clark had smothered her babies. …