Doctor arrested in Lufkin is convicted of manslaughter in United Kingdom

EAST TEXAS NOTE (KTRE) - Priya Ramnath, the doctor arrested in Lufkin in November of 2007, after being accused of killing a patient in the United Kingdom, has now been convicted of manslaughter by a British court.

KTRE spoke with Lufkin attorney Al Charanza, who confirmed the report in the British newspaper "The Guardian," that the forty year old doctor was given a six month suspended jail sentence.  According to that report, she went against the advice of three colleagues when she gave an injection to a female patient in 1998.  Fifty-one year old Patricia Leighton died from heart failure shortly after she was injected with the drug at Stafford District General hospital in July 1998.

Leighton's family members were present throughout the trial and are quoted as saying they are happy with the guilty verdict and that justice has at last been served.

Ramnath was taken back to England from Lufkin last February.  Charanza, who represented Ramnath while she was in Lufkin, told KTRE she can appeal today's decision.  Published reports say the jury considering Ramnath's case took three days to reach its 10 - 2 majority decision.