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Wife knew 'poison doctor' cheated

Dr Edward Erin
Dr Erin was seen crushing up white pills by his wife

The wife of a doctor accused of spiking his lover's drink to induce a miscarriage has told the Old Bailey his affairs were "not that important".

Dr Lowri Erin said she "absolutely" did not believe the charges against her 44-year-old husband Dr Edward Erin.

The consultant, of Kensington, west London, denies administering poison to his secretary Bella Prowse to cause a miscarriage, and other poison charges.

Miss Prowse, 33, claims Dr Erin wanted her to abort the child he had fathered.

I think he used the phrase 'this mad woman' and that he had been tricked in some way
Dr Trevor Hansel, Dr Erin's boss

He worked for St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, west London, as a consultant in the chest and allergy clinic, where Miss Prowse was his secretary.

Giving evidence Dr Lowri Erin, a 44-year-old biochemist, said she knew of two of her husband's affairs but not about Miss Prowse.

She said: "She has had this child, allegedly his, but nothing has changed.

"The fact that he had relationships with other women was not that important to me.

"I do not know what a conventional relationship is. We loved each other."

Bella Prowse
Bella Prowse says Dr Erin spiked her cup of tea

She told the court how she saw her husband crushing white pills at their home.

He explained that it was "something for work", and she told the jury she found "no significance" in his actions.

Dr Lowri Erin told the court how she had met her husband at university, but did not meet his mother until 12 years later.

The court also heard from the accused's boss, Dr Trevor Hansel, who said that he spoke to Dr Erin after his arrest.

The defendant admitted obtaining the drugs but said he would only have administered them with the woman's consent, Dr Hansel told the court.

Dr Hansel said his colleague told him: "I would take my life rather than go into a police cell again."

"I think he used the phrase 'this mad woman' and that he had been tricked in some way," Dr Hansel added.

Drugs found

Miss Prowse has told the court that she found yellow powder after Dr Erin made her a cup of Earl Grey tea.

Police later found miscarriage-inducing drugs in the cup and in other beverages, the court heard.

Dr Erin allegedly tried to poison his lover to make her have a miscarriage after she refused to have an abortion.

Miss Prowse eventually gave birth to a healthy baby.

Dr Erin denies procuring poison to be used with the intention of causing a miscarriage between 21 January and 8 February 2008, administering poison to procure a miscarriage and two charges of trying to administer poison.

The trial was adjourned until Friday.



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