Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Prosecuting Patel Racks Up $3.3M in Costs

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Prosecuting Patel Racks Up $3.3M in Costs

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Ava Benny-Morrison

COSTLY CASE

THE jurors entrusted with the task of trying Jayant Patel have racked up almost $200,000 in expenses during his two trials.

According to Right to Information documents, the cost of feeding, accommodating and supporting jurors during the three-week trial in 2010 was $130,612.

The 12-member panel were given a $107 a day empanelment rate, which increased to $142.50 when the trial went past the 20-day mark.

While the jury was locked up for seven days until a verdict was reached, each member was afforded $203 a night for accommodation, $20 a day for breakfast and $48 for dinner.

The cost of sequestering the jury and two court bailiffs up for seven days was $41,920.

The jury involved in Patel's Supreme Court manslaughter trial in 2013 cost the state $64,936.

QUEENSLAND taxpayers have forked out $3.3 million to prosecute disgraced Bundaberg doctor Jayant Patel, including almost $85,000 on his living costs.

And the bill to the public purse is set to rise with the Director of Public Prosecutions pushing ahead with Patel's outstanding charges despite losing Patel's manslaughter trial in February.

Figures obtained through Right to Information show Patel has clocked up $40,875 in living costs - including $26,500 on accommodation - this year alone.

That is up from the $37,200 Patel spent on living costs in 2010.

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said the government had an obligation under Commonwealth law to accommodate Patel, who was extradited from the United States to face criminal changes.

"Under section 146 of the Commonwealth Migration Act 1958, we are required to ensure satisfactory arrangements have been made for keeping a person in Australia for the purposes of criminal justice administration," he said.

Patel was jailed in 2010 after a jury convicted him of unlawfully killing three patients and causing grievous bodily harm to another while a surgeon at Bundaberg Base Hospital. …

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