Australian Charged With Manslaughter For Not Arranging Treatment Of Injured Companion

by Gopalan on  January 8, 2010 at 12:24 PM Medico Legal News   - G J E 4
 Australian Charged With Manslaughter For Not Arranging Treatment Of Injured Companion
A 41-year-old Australian has been charged with manslaughter for failing to arrange prompt treatment of his elderly companion.

Ms. Janet May Jackson, 74, was found dead in her home in Sydney.

Police allege Peter Thomas Gyory went to Ms Jackson's house on December 22, and found her lying injured on the floor. She told him she had suffered a fall.

He helped her to bed, but ignored her request to call an ambulance and instead drank two half bottles of wine and took an Endone tablet, then fell asleep.

When he left her home on the evening of December 22, Ms Jackson was unresponsive.

The court was told the pair had been "companions" for about 15 years, sharing dinners and with Gyory also accompanying Mrs Jackson on shopping trips and to doctor's appointments.

Gyory's solicitor Ugur Nedin told Parramatta Local Court on Friday that his client had acted in good faith.

After hearing her cries for help, Gyory smashed a window to access her home before helping the woman to bed and leaving a telephone within reach so she could call for help.

Besides the woman had some reservations about calling an ambulance because she didn't want to be in hospital for Christmas Day, Gyory's solicitor argued and claimed Gyory was a simple man and did not realise the extent of Ms Jackson's injuries. 

The man was granted bail by Magistrate Pat O'Shane, who determined that if the offence is proven it would be a matter of involuntary manslaughter.

The case has been adjourned to Sydney's Downing Centre Local Court on March 24.

Source: Medindia

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