The son of a Fenland man killed by a foreign doctor has been ordered to pay the physician thousands of pounds in legal fees for insulting him.
Daniel Ubani administered Manea pensioner David Gray with a lethal drug overdose in 2008, but now a German court has ordered Gray’s family to pay the doctor’s court costs and write a letter of apology to him.
Ubani, a German citizen, gave the deadly overdose during his first shift working as a locum doctor in the UK.
Following the death, he was struck off the UK medical register, but still practises as a doctor in Germany.
In their campaign for justice, Mr Gray’s two sons, Rory and Stuart, confronted Ubani at a medical conference in 2010 and accused him of being “a charlatan”, “a killer” and an “animal”.
Rory Gray, 49, was sued in a German court by Ubani over the incident.
Now, the court has threatened Mr Gray with at 250,000 euro (£200,000) fine if he ever repeats the insult.
In its judgement, the court in Lindau, Bavaria, has also ordered Mr Gray to write to Ubani promising never to call him an “animal” again and instructed him to pay three quarters of the costs of the case – expected to run into thousands of pounds.
Mr Gray told The Telegraph newspaper that the court’s decision made him “feel physically sick”.
He said: “It is quite hard to believe. We went to that conference because we were determined to make things safer for other people – what we have done has changed the laws to make things safer across Europe.”
He said he and his brother did not know what to do next.
“The General Medical Council have thanked us, the politicians have thanked us but now this. It shows the man has no integrity, no remorse,” he said.
Ubani injected 10 times the safe dose of diamorphine into David Gray while on locum duty as an out-of-hours doctor in 2008, just hours after flying from Germany.
The doctor, who trained in Nigeria, was struck off the medical register in Britain over the case and over errors in the treatment of two other patients during a single shift in Cambridgeshire.
The General Medical Council found Ubani had shown a “persistent lack of insight into the seriousness of his actions.”
However, he still works in Germany, where he largely practises in cosmetic surgery, after its criminal courts gave him a nine-month suspended sentence and fined him £6,000 for professional failures in the case.
Public concern about the death of Mr Gray triggered changes in out-of-hours services to improve oversight of locum doctors. Last month regulators thanked the Gray brothers for their work campaigning for changes to the law.