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07 / 11 / 2008 - Hospital doctor is accused of giving lover abortion pill crumbled into her tea
A hospital consultant has been charged with trying to abort his girlfriend's pregnancy by crumbling drugs into her tea.
Edward Erin, 43, had a brief extramarital affair with blonde Bella Prowse, 32, and is alleged to have decided to kill their unborn child when she became pregnant.
He is said to have carried out one of his alleged poisoning attempts when he made her a cup of tea at her home in South-East London, on February 2.
Five days later he is alleged to have carried out a second attempt at his workplace, St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, West London.
Miss Prowse, who already has a child, gave birth to a healthy boy a month ago.
Welsh-born Erin is pioneering research into nasal allergies and the effects of cigarette smoke on the nose.
He has also worked at the National Heart and Lung Institute, based at the Royal Brompton Hospital in Hammersmith, West London.
Both of the drugs he allegedly used on Miss Prowse, methotrexate and diclofenac, are known to terminate pregnancies while the latter is also a powerful anti-arthritis medication.
He was arrested in February and has been suspended from work ever since.
Erin, who graduated in medicine from the University of Wales, is the father of a six-year-old boy with microbiologist Lowri Phylip, 43, whom he married in 2001.
The couple are thought to be separated, with Miss Phylip living at the couple's former matrimonial home near Caerphilly, South Wales.
Erin was charged at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court last month and his case has been transferred to Inner London Crown Court.
He has been listed for a plea and case management hearing on December 1 where he will be expected to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.
Erin, who has a flat in West London, has been granted bail, although he has had to provide a sum of £10,000 to support it, and surrender his passport.
He faces three charges of 'attempting to unlawfully administer a poison or other noxious thing'.
He is also charged with 'procuring poisons or other noxious things, namely diclofenac and methotrexate, knowing they were intended to be unlawfully used or employed with intent to procure the miscarriage of Bella Prowse'.
Attempting to procure a miscarriage is a statute little used in modern times, taken from the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act.
Prosecutions have become rare as the statute was originally used to prosecute those carrying out abortions, which became legal in 1967.
However in March this year, Gil Magira, 36, was jailed at the Old Bailey for crushing drugs and placing them in his pregnant girlfriend's sandwich.
Described as a 'tortured soul, a Woody Allen character' who felt unworthy to be a father, he pleaded guilty to attempting to procure a miscarriage and was sentenced to three years and nine months.
Magira, of Hendon, North London, who ran two kosher bakeries and a restaurant, was told at the Old Bailey by Recorder Oliver Sells that 'the offence merits a sentence of immediate imprisonment'.
His son, Matan Abraham, was born prematurely weighing 4lb 7oz on June 20 last year although there was no evidence that his premature birth was linked to the tablets.
Source : Colin Fernandez - Daily Mail