Nigerian doctor and 2 nurses appear in court over causing a woman’s death after abortion in London

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A doctor Dr Adedayo Adedeji, 63, and two nurses Gemma Pullen, 32 and Margaret Miller, 54, have denied causing the death of a woman during a termination procedure at the Old Bailey, London today. The victim, Aisha Chithira, 32, had travelled from Dublin to a west London branch of the Marie Stopes clinic for the procedure on January 21, 2012 and collapsed hours later in a taxi in Slough, Berkshire.

The cause of her death was given as ‘extensive internal bleeding’ following the abortion, which is still illegal in Ireland. Dr Adedayo Adedeji, 63, of Hornchurch, Essex, appeared at old bailey Magistrates’ Court alongside nurses Margaret Miller, 55, from Camberley, Surrey, and Gemma Pullen, 32, from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. All three face a charge of manslaughter by gross negligence. All three denied killing Ms Chithira at a short hearing at the Old Bailey before Judge Charles Wide.

They were not arraigned on further charges of failing to take reasonable care of the health and safety on the woman contrary to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

A six-week trial has already been scheduled to start on March 7 next year. All the defendants are on bail