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Fake doctor remanded

BY PAUL HENRY Crime/Court Desk co-ordinator henryp@jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, October 03, 2012 | 9:07 AM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — A 56-year-old male nurse, who is alleged to have impersonated a doctor and performed an abortion procedure, was remanded into police custody when he appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

Accused Derrick Palmer, who is a nurse at the Mona Rehabilitation Centre in St Andrew, is also accused of injecting the woman with an unknown substance and prescribing medication for her.

The medication, the court was told, did not work and the woman — after finding out that Palmer was not the medical doctor he claimed to be — reported the matter to the Fraud Squad.

Palmer was subsequently arrested during a sting operation and a quantity of pharmaceutical items allegedly found in his car and at his Kingston 10 home.

He was slapped with a slew of charges, among them inducing abortion and breaches of the Pharmaceutical Act.

Palmer was remanded into custody until October 10 when it is expected that a list of the drugs, allegedly found in Palmer’s vehicle and at his house, and evidence as to whether they were legitimately prescribed, will be presented to the court.

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