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Killer nurse to appeal conviction

Benjamin Geen
Nurse Benjamin Geen denied the offences

A hospital nurse who was found guilty of murdering two of his patients is to appeal against his conviction.

Benjamin David Geen, 28, of Orchard Way, Banbury, Oxfordshire, was jailed for life in 2006 for causing the deaths at the town's Horton General Hospital.

Geen, a staff nurse, was said to have given 17 patients injections of drugs to stop them breathing before they could be resuscitated.

A date has not been set for the appeal but it is thought it will be after May.

Anthony Bateman, 65, from Banbury, died on 6 January 2004 and David Onley, 75, from Deddington, died just over two weeks later.

The 15 other victims survived.

At his trial the court was told that Geen revelled in the thrill of trying to resuscitate his patients and did it "for kicks".

But the the former lieutenant in the Territorial Army always denied the charges.

New reports

David Perry QC, representing Geen, told the Court of Appeal on Wednesday that two important medical reports from doctors would need to be compiled prior to the appeal application hearing.

Judges will then consider the evidence and decide whether it should have been included in the original trial and if it would have affected the outcome.

If they accept the evidence, they may then rule the jury's verdicts "unsafe" and quash Geen's convictions.

Lord Justice Scott Baker, sitting with Mr Justice Bennett and Judge Martin Stephens QC, directed that the relevant reports be produced for next year's hearing.

He said the case was "sufficiently serious" that all of the investigations sought by the lawyers should go ahead.

No date has been set for the hearing of the application, but it will not be listed by the court until at least 1 May next year.

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