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banner Monday, 31 January, 2000, 16:50 GMT
The trial of Dr Harold Shipman




The Shipman murders
Dr Harold Shipman has been found guilty of killing 15 women registered at his practice in Hyde, Greater Manchester. BBC News Online brings you reports from his trial.


The judge sums up

10 Jan: "A tragic and disturbing case"
 'The summing up is expected to last till next Wednesday

Closing speeches

7 Jan: Evidence unreliable, says Shipman defence

6 Jan: Shipman had 'no motive'
 Stephen Cape reports from Preston Crown Court

5 Jan: Shipman deaths 'no coincidence'
 'Dr Shipman told bare-faced lies'



Week 10

13 Dec: Final evidence in Shipman trial



Week 9

10 Dec: GP 'fabricated' cremation form

9 Dec: GP certified death 'before seeing body'

8 Dec: Shipman account 'complete fabrication'

7 Dec: Shipman accused of 'bare-faced lie'

6 Dec: GP denies 'means and opportunity' to kill



Week 8

3 Dec: GP 'wicked' to call patient addict

2 Dec: Shipman quizzed over missing drugs

1 Dec: Murder trial doctor weeps

30 Nov: Shipman patient 'had life-threatening illnesses'

29 Nov: GP 'decided not to resuscitate patient'



Week 7

26 Nov: Shipman patient 'refused more tablets'
 'Dr Shipman admitted back-dating entries'

25 Nov: Shipman takes the stand
 'Dr Shipman denied forging a will'



Week 6

18 Nov: Trial adjourned for a week

17 Nov: GP prescribed drug 'after patients' deaths'

16 Nov: Shipman patient 'refused treatment'

15 Nov: Doctor 'lied about having morphine'



Week 5

12 Nov: Doctor 'kept morphine in bedroom'

10 Nov: Shipman defence attacks morphine theory

9 Nov: GP's 'victims had lethal morphine dose'

8 Nov: Doctor 'forged victim's medical history'
 'On Tuesday the jury will hear from expert witnesses'



Week 4

2 Nov: Doctor 'made bereaved family feel guilty'

1 Nov: Doctor 'paid victim surprise visit'



Week 3

29 Oct: 'Shipman declared live patient dead'

28 Oct: Patient 'died during tea with friend'

27 Oct: Patient found dead 'seconds' after GP left

26 Oct: GP's alleged victim 'fine' before visit

25 Oct: GP called dead patient a 'nuisance'
 'Shipman considered her a nuisance'



Week 2

22 Oct: 'GP's morphine victim had sleeve rolled up'
 'Mr Steel's voice broke as he recalled touching her hand and finding it cold'

21 Oct: 'GP's morphine victim had sleeve rolled up'
 'Mrs Mellor had total confidence in Dr Shipman'

20 Oct: GP's alleged victim had 'good health'
 'Neighbours said he didn't seem to be bothered'

19 Oct: Shipman patient was poisoned: pathologist
 'Patient's illness not responsible'

18 Oct: GP 'backdated medical records'
 'Entries made the day after death'



Week 1

15 Oct: GP 'tricked' witnesses into signing will
 'A police expert has examined the document'

14 Oct: Will received 'hours before death'
 'Dr Shipman: admired and liked in the community'

13 Oct: Daughter's suspicions 'led to doctor's arrest'
 'During cross examination she broke down'

12 Oct: GP's patient 'left dead in surgery'
12 Oct: Patient 'killed as friend sat next door'
 'Patient regarded as a nuisance'

11 Oct: GP 'murdered women for enjoyment'
 'Prosecution alleged he enjoyed killing his patients'

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Listen to unique police interviews with Shipman - plus other key reports

See also:
31 Jan 00 |  The Shipman files
The 15 victims
31 Jan 00 |  The Shipman files
In defence of Shipman
31 Jan 00 |  The Shipman files
Lead prosecutor played a slick hand
31 Jan 00 |  The Shipman files
Judge credited with another thorough job
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