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Friday, 12 April, 2002, 14:59 GMT 15:59 UK
Shipman 'held pillow' over face
Harold Shipman
Harold Shipman is serving 15 life sentences
A woman has told how former GP Harold Shipman held a pillow over the face of her son-in-law.

Giving evidence to the inquiry looking into the former family doctor's crimes, Elsie Gee said taxi driver Peter Lewis was diagnosed with cancer in 1984 and given weeks to live.

On New Year's Day 1985, a day after Mr Lewis's 42nd birthday, Shipman was called to his house after he took a turn for the worse.

Mr Lewis was in his bedroom at his home in Denton, Manchester, when Elsie Gee walked in to find Shipman leaning over her son-in-law, holding a pillow over his face.

Doctor 'startled'

Mrs Gee said: "I went marching in to see what was going on.

"He had a pillow in front of his face. It was touching his face.

"I went in and said 'What are you doing?' and he put the pillow at the back of Peter's neck."

Asked whether Shipman had appeared startled, Mrs Gee added: "Yes, yes he did.

"He put the pillow behind his face and started saying, 'Come on lad. Come on'."

Doctor's injection

A neighbour of another of Shipman's patients said the former doctor "put him down like a dog".

Shipman visited 87-year-old Samuel Harrison's house and gave him an injection shortly before he died.

Mr Harrison's neighbour Vivien Taylor said she was in his house in January 1982 when the former GP arrived.

"Shipman injected Sam and said 'This will either bring him round or ...' but he didn't finish the sentence," Mrs Taylor said.

"To me, Sam did not need to be brought round. I didn't think he was dying, he didn't even really seem to be ill."

After the injection, "he went stiff and went a funny colour," Mrs Taylor said.

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