GP faces 15 charges of murder
- By: Clare Dyer
A GP was in the dock at Preston Crown Court in Lancashire last month, facing charges of murdering 15 middle aged and elderly women patients. The trial of Harold Shipman, aged 53, is expected to start next week after legal argument.
The women, mostly widows and all aged between 49 and 81, were patients of Dr Shipman at his singlehanded practice in Hyde, near Manchester. They all died between March 1995 and June 1998.
Dr Shipman is also accused of forging the will of 81 year old Kathleen Grundy, one of the alleged victims, a wealthy former mayoress. Mrs Grundy's daughter contacted the police because her mother's will left her nothing.
Dr Shipman is charged with having “made a false instrument, namely a document purporting to be the will of Kathleen Grundy,” intending that it should be accepted as genuine “to the prejudice of the beneficiary under the true will.”