23 months prison sentence suspended for one year
£2,000 compensation to each of 5 of his patients where he was found guilty of causing criminal negligence
£5,000 court costs
Banned for life from being a doctor in St. Helena
Guatemala medical authorities to be informed of Dr Sergio's criminal conviction and recommended to apply the same ban Sergio Villatoro Bran appeared at the St Helena Supreme Court on Friday 22nd September to the sentenced. This follows his conviction in July when he was found guilty on 5 counts of criminal negligence. He arrived in St Helena on Saturday 16th August and has kept a very low profile while awaiting the court hearing. He will not be allowed to leave St Helena until the £15,000 for compensation and costs have been paid. He said he would pay within 7 days.
In a separate action under civil law, there are more than 50 of Bran’s patients have asked Hugh James Solicitors to assess their claims for compensation because lost the lasting adverse effects of his surgery
Also on Friday, the St Helena government announced that “an independently operated compensation scheme will be established to process and manage claims associated with previous treatment delivered by Dr Bran. SHG have therefore engaged an external law firm with significant experience in these matters to develop and manage the scheme, which will be operated entirely independent of SHG.”
Full details in Friday’s Independent.