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Doctor Richard Freeman intentionally destroyed a laptop which could have contained crucial evidence by using a hammer or screwdriver before handing it over to forensic experts, a tribunal has heard. 

On a bombshell day at the reconvened hearing into the former Team Sky and British Cycling medic, Freeman also sensationally disclosed that he was grilled by Rupert Murdoch's son and his lawyer before he was set to give evidence to Parliament's investigation into doping in sport and asked what he was going to say before breaking down in tears and cutting short a 'pressurised' and 'intense' meeting at Canary Wharf. 

Freeman, who resigned from British Cycling in September 2017, subsequently refused to appear in person before the Commons probe. 

Former Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman has admitted deliberately destroying a second laptop which could have contained crucial evidence into doping in cycling

Former Team Sky doctor Richard Freeman has admitted deliberately destroying a second laptop which could have contained crucial evidence into doping in cycling

The doctor, who gave evidence for the first time over a seismic few hours in Manchester, stands accused by the General Medical Council GMC of ordering a batch of testosterone to British Cycling's Manchester headquarters in 2011 'knowing or believing' that it was intended for an athlete.  

He denies that central charge, claiming he was bullied into ordering the substance by ex-coach Shane Sutton in order to treat his alleged erectile dysfunction. Sutton previously angrily denied the claims before storming out of the same hearing. 

Freeman does, however, admit 18 of the GMC's other 22 charges against him including ordering the banned substance and then launching a cover-up. Early in the proceedings Freeman, head physician for the British Cycling at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, admitted he had mislead his own legal team, his psychiatrist, former employers and UK Anti-Doping officials. 

But the extraordinary revelation about another British Cycling and Team Sky laptop quickly came to light. In 2017, at a parliamentary hearing Nicole Sapstead, the chief executive of UK Anti-Doping, explained how Freeman was unable to support his claims of what was contained in the infamous Team Sky 'jiffy bag' because he said his work laptop had been stolen while holidaying in Greece.

Freeman is accused of ordering a batch of testosterone to British Cycling's Manchester headquarters in 2011 'knowing or believing' that it was intended for an athlete

Freeman is accused of ordering a batch of testosterone to British Cycling's Manchester headquarters in 2011 'knowing or believing' that it was intended for an athlete

Freeman claimed the mystery medical package delivered to him at the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine and allegedly for Sir Bradley Wiggins, contained a legal decongestant but could not prove it, thanks to the theft. Both Wiggins and Team Sky have always strongly

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