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Thursday, November 11, 1999 Published at 19:22 GMT


Doctor 'kept morphine in bedroom'

Harold Shipman denies murdering 15 of his women patients

Detectives found a plastic bag containing morphine in Dr Harold Shipman's back bedroom, the jury at his murder trial has heard.

The Shipman Trial
Four ampoules of diamorphine were found hidden in a box in the plastic bag, Preston Crown Court was told. The box was labelled as holding an anti-nausea drug.

The trial had heard that Dr Shipman, who is accused or murdering 15 of his female patients with a lethal dose of morphine or diamorphine, had told police he had not kept drugs since the mid-1970s.

Detectives searched Dr Shipman's home in Roe Cross Green, Mottram, Greater Manchester, last September, the court was told.

PC Andrew King said he found a plastic bag containing a cardboard box.

Inside the bag were a variety of drugs containers labelled with sticky printouts of other people's names.

Under cross examination by Ian Winter QC, he said he did not look in the boxes, but just sealed them in a plastic bag and handed them to the exhibits officer.

Different patients

Detective Constable David O'Brien, who worked as exhibit manager on the case, told the court that he found a quantity of morphine and diamorphine when he was conducting an audit of items seized during the inquiry in August of this year.

He said he found two boxes of slow-releasing morphine tablets prescribed to two different patients - Maureen Jackson and Linda Slater - from the Co-op pharmacy on Market Street, the same road as Dr Shipman's surgery in Hyde.

He also said there were four ampoules of diamorphine concealed in another box labelled for the use of another person.

The jury examined the out-of-date diamorphine and were told that it had been analysed by a forensic scientist.

Dr Shipman, 53, denies murdering 15 women patients and of forging the will of one of them.

The trial was adjourned until Friday.

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