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Murder accused GP refuses stand
Dr Howard Martin
Dr Howard Martin has declined to give evidence at his trial
A GP accused of murdering three of his patients with morphine overdoses has declined to give evidence at his trial.

A jury heard on Tuesday that Dr Howard Martin, 71, would not be going into the witness box at Teesside Crown Court.

Dr Martin is charged with killing Harry Gittins, 74, of Newton Aycliffe; Stanley Wheldon, 74, of Coundon Grange; Frank Moss, 59, of Eldon, Co Durham.

The GP, of Penmaenmawr, North Wales, who practised in Newton Aycliffe, Co Durham, denies three counts of murder.

Anthony Arledge QC, for the defence, told the court:"I do not intend to call Dr Howard Martin to give evidence.

"I have explained to him that there are circumstances in which the jury might be invited to draw certain conclusions - that is his decision."

Mr Arledge said he would call expert and character witnesses for the defence.

The trial continues.

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