Ian Paterson, rogue breast cancer surgeon, was given £216,000 in legal aid
A rogue breast cancer surgeon received £216,000 in legal aid – despite building an extensive property empire in the UK and owning a holiday home in Florida.
An investigation has been launched into how ‘sadistic’ Ian Paterson, who mutilated scores of patients on the operating table, came to be awarded so much public money.
It dwarfed the amount given in compensation to most of Paterson’s victims, who suffered horrendous injuries as a result of his needless or botched surgery.
The Legal Aid Agency wants to establish if he ‘deliberately moved assets to qualify for legal aid’.
A Freedom of Information request from the Daily Mail revealed Paterson, now 60, received £216,542.25 for his defence costs at his trial last year and a subsequent failed appeal.
This comprised £106,815.78 for his solicitor and £109,726.47 for his barrister. He is currently serving a 20-year sentence.
Ann Butler, chairman of the Breast Cancer Support Group which was set up for his victims, said: ‘I don’t think he should have had legal aid. It is a disgusting amount of money when you consider the five-figure compensation payouts awarded to many of his victims.
Pictured Frances Perks who was victim to suffered horrendous injuries as a result of his needless or botched surgery. Paterson's Legal aid dwarfed the amount given in compensation
‘It makes me feel very angry and very disappointed with the British justice system.’
Paterson, formerly of Altrincham, near Manchester, practised at private and NHS hospitals and exaggerated or invented cancer risks, claiming payments for more expensive procedures in some cases.
He was convicted in April last year at Nottingham Crown Court of 17 counts of wounding with intent and three counts of unlawful wounding between 1997 and 2011.
One victim looked like she had been ‘in a car crash’ after an ‘entirely unnecessary’ mastectomy.
The father-of-three’s state-funded defence costs come despite a Government pledge to crack down on legal aid.
In the aftermath of Paterson’s convictions, details emerged about his lavish property portfolio and love of expensive paintings and fine wine – funded by his NHS and private work.
In 2015, the Scottish-born