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Killer nurse loses bid to appeal

Benjamin Geen
Nurse Benjamin Geen denied the offences

A hospital nurse who was found guilty of murdering two of his patients by injecting them with drugs has lost a bid to appeal against his conviction.

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

The 29-year old had applied for permission to challenge his convictions as "unsafe".

Judges at the Court of Appeal rejected all of his five grounds for appeal.

Geen, a staff nurse, was said to have injected 17 patients with drugs to stop them breathing.

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

'Ample evidence'

The 15 other patients survived.

The Court of Appeal heard from Geen's barrister that the convictions were partly based on "valueless" evidence.

But appeal judges ruled that the hearing had not raised any fresh medical evidence to undermine the safety of the convictions.

Lady Justice Hallett said: "We have, of course, considered the overall strength of the evidence to assess the safety of the convictions.

"In our judgment nothing has been put forward to us to undermine the safety of these convictions.

"There was ample evidence upon which it was open to the jury to find each element of each offence proved."

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