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The BBC's Kevin Bocquet reports
"Dr Shipman said he had been very upset"
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Wednesday, 1 December, 1999, 23:40 GMT
Murder trial doctor weeps
shipman Dr Harold Shipman denies murdering 15 women patients

Dr Harold Shipman broke down in tears in the witness box on his fifth day giving evidence at his murder trial.

The Shipman Trial
The GP sat down and put his head in his hands during questions about the death of one of his alleged victims.

He had been asked by his defence counsel why he had wrongly stated on a death certificate that a neighbour was present when Laura Wagstaff died.

He told Preston Crown Court he was very upset by her death, adding: "I don't think I was quite clear in my own mind when I completed this document.

"This was one of the few times I was possibly more upset than the relatives."

Laura Wagstaff: Complained of chest pains
He then said "I'm sorry" and sat down, wiping his eyes with tissues handed to him by an usher.

The judge, Mr Justice Forbes, called an early lunch adjournment.

Later, Dr Shipman returned to the witness box apparently composed and denied murdering Mrs Wagstaff by administering morphine or diamorphine.

Dr Shipman, 53, of Roe Cross Green, Mottram, near Hyde, Greater Manchester, denies murdering 15 women patients and forging the 386,000 will of one of them.

He said he visited Mrs Wagstaff after she rang his surgery complaining of chest pains and feeling unwell.

Lizzie Adams: "Suffering from broncho-pneumonia"
The GP said he examined her and decided she was suffering a coronary thrombosis.

He said he wrote up his notes after telling her she needed to go to hospital.

He said then looked around for the phone "and looked at Mrs Wagstaff who was sat in the chair with her mouth open".

He said: "I felt a little hesitant about this but I did get up and moved to her and shouted 'Are you OK?' There was no response."

He said he tried to revive Mrs Wagstaff with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and cardiac massage for five minutes.

Earlier, he told how another victim, 77-year-old Lizzie Adams, died in her home while he was in another room looking for a telephone to arrange to have her admitted to hospital for broncho-pneumonia.

Norah Nuttall: "Died while Dr Shipman was collecting medication"
Mrs Adams, who had complained of a cough and a racing heart, was found collapsed by her dancing partner Bill Catlow, who had come to see her.

Dr Shipman said he decided she was not capable of being resuscitated because of the broncho-pneumonia.

Another patient, Norah Nuttall, 64, died minutes after Dr Shipman said he "popped in" to see her at her home.

He said he decided not to resuscitate Mrs Nuttall after she had heart failure while he was collecting medication from his car.

The trial was adjourned until Thursday
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