Disgraced surgeon Ian Paterson jailed for 15 years

Breast surgeon Ian Paterson has been jailed for 15 years after carrying out unnecessary operations.

Paterson, 59, operated on nine women and one man after falsely telling them they had breast cancer.

He had been convicted of 17 counts of wounding with intent and three of unlawful wounding, after a trial last month.

Jurors at Nottingham Crown Court were told Paterson exaggerated or invented the risk of cancer.

The court was told the defendant, of Altrincham, Greater Manchester, did so for “obscure motives” that may have included a desire to “earn extra money”.

The trial heard accounts from 10 victims – representing a sample of those Paterson treated – operated on between 1997 and 2011, at the privately-run Little Aston and Parkway hospitals in the West Midlands.

Sentencing Paterson, Mr Justice Jeremy Baker said: “In pursuit of your own… material rewards, you lost sight of what you were doing.

“Without any regard for the long-term effects, you deliberately preyed on their long-term fears.

“You can be a charming and charismatic individual but you deliberately used those characteristics to manipulate your patients.”

Speaking at the sentencing, victim John Ingram, who underwent an unnecessary double mastectomy, described Paterson as a criminal who committed grotesque, violent acts.

Victim Carole Johnson described him as a “monster”.

In a victim impact statement read out in court she said she felt “violated and vulnerable” and she had “lost confidence”.

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