Monday, October 18, 1999 Published at 18:42 GMT 19:42 UK
GP 'backdated medical records'
Dr Shipman denies 15 counts of murder
The jury in the trial of a doctor accused of killing 15 of his patients has been told he created false computerised medical histories so that no-one would be surprised by the deaths.
And it heard that Dr Harold Shipman said of one of his alleged victims: "The only thing I did wrong was not having her cremated. If I had had her cremated I wouldn't have this trouble."
But the computer system's clock showed the entry was actually made on 25 June 1998 - the day after the wealthy 81-year-old widow died.
The 53-year-old GP of Roe Cross Green, Mottram near Hyde, pleads not guilty to killing Mrs Grundy and forging her will. She left £386,000.
He also denies the murders of 14 other women patients between March 1995 and June last year.
The doctor diagnosed a coronary thrombosis and wrote "old age" as the cause of death on her death certificate.
'I would have me guilty'
A district nurse told the court how Dr Shipman spoke to her about Mrs Grundy's death shortly before he was arrested.
Marion Gilchrist said he was obviously upset when he told her in his surgery: "On the evidence they have I would have me guilty."
Mrs Gilchrist said that the doctor had also told her that Mrs Grundy had come to see him in his surgery with a view to having him witness her will.
Dr Shipman told her that he had asked Mrs Grundy if he was to be a beneficiary and had then got two people waiting in the surgery to witness the document.
"He said Mrs Grundy's daughter was a lawyer and that she had seemed happy with the will and that it had taken her six weeks to contest it," said Mrs Gilchrist.
The doctor had told her that when Mrs Grundy told him he was to be a beneficiary it would probably be in the form of a donation to the patients' fund for the surgery.
Widow 'borrowed typewriter'
Dr Shipman's practice nurse Gillian Morgan earlier told the jury that she sometimes created medical records on the computer the day after an appointment, as there was not always time in her busy schedule.
She also said she had seen the typewriter, previously exhibited as the one used to write the allegedly forged will and letters, at the surgery on Market Street, Hyde.
A receptionist at Dr Shipman's surgery, Judith Cocker, said she remembered Mrs Grundy returning a typewriter that she had borrowed from the surgery.
The trial was told last week that it was 90% certain that the allegedly forged will of Mrs Grundy had been written on a Brother portable typewriter recovered from the premises.