Scotland’s Largest Cancer Centre Radiation Blunders

By Paul Thornton

A SERIES of radiation blunders at Scotland’s largest cancer treatment centre went unpunished and unreported to professional regulators.

Mistakes with radiotherapy happened on a regular basis with a “significant” number of “critical events” at The Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre.

The centre was previously criticised over the death of teenager Lisa Norris, from Girvan in Ayrshire, who was given 19 radiation overdoses in January 2006 when she received 58 per cent more radiation than she should have.

But evidence at a former radiographer’s disciplinary hearing last week revealed that a culture of cover-ups went on at the centre months after Lisa’s death.

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Scot who left legacy to places that shared his name a “misunderstanding”

By Cara Sulieman

HE HIT headlines across the world when it was revealed he left his legacy to places across the globe that shared his surname.

But the claims baffled the solicitors of Eric Gordon Douglas – the mysterious Edinburgh philanthropist – as his will doesn’t show any such bequests.

It seems that the heart-warming story of generosity started after one of the beneficiaries misunderstood the terms of their donation.

Douglas Borough Council on the Isle of Man was bequeathed £10,887.73 and somehow thought that they were amoung 20 places around the world named Douglas that had benefited from his will.

The bachelor used to holiday on the Isle of Man and left money to the council, a museum and an old folks home on the island.

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Ex-lawyer behind bars for keeping dead pensioner’s fortune

By Michael MacLeod

A GREEDY former lawyer has been jailed for three and a half years for taking almost half-a-million pounds from a dead pensioner’s will and using the cash to pay off his own debts.
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Michael Karus, 48, embezzled £413,052.81 while acting as the executor of the estate of the late Edith Hampton, who died aged 89 in 2003.

Sentencing him at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday (Mon) Sheriff Derrick McIntyre said: “This was a grave breach of trust.

“The public are entitled to expect people like you acting in a position of trust to display the utmost integrity and you have clearly failed to do so in this case.”

Miss Hampton had worked in Edinburgh as a teacher all her life, leaving the huge sum of cash in her will to her cousin’s daughter, June Pirie.

But before Mrs Pirie even knew about the fortune left for her, shady Karus had already used it to settle debts in his own law and property firms and even paid off a personal credit card debt.
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Shamed solicitor faces jail for taking from pensioner’s will

By Michael MacLeod

A DISGRACED former lawyer who took almost half-a-million pounds from a dead pensioner’s will used the cash to pay off his own debts.
Michael Karus
Michael Karus, 48, embezzled £413,052.81 while acting as the executor of the estate of the late Edith Hampton, who died aged 89 in 2003.

It emerged yesterday in court that he used the former teacher’s cash to settle debts in his own law and property firms and even paid off a personal credit card debt.

It was originally thought that the Cancer Research charity was entitled to the huge sum left in Miss Hampton’s will.

But it was only when the charity began to investigate that it emerged she had drawn up a second will for the money to be given to a friend, which Karus claims he knew nothing about.

He was arrested in March last year and yesterday (Mon) announced at Edinburgh Sheriff Court that he paid the Crown £500,000 to be given to the genuine beneficiary – a Mrs June Pirie of Edinburgh.
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Cabbie caged for zebra crossing hit and run

David HorsburghBy Paul Thornton and Michael MacLeod

A TAXI driver who left a teenager for dead after mowing him down on a zebra crossing has been jailed.

Horrified medics found Scott Burnett, 17, lying in the road with tyre marks across his body from where the seven-seater cab had broken his pelvis.

Cabbie David Horsburgh, 44, stayed behind the wheel in a bid to escape, but later called police when his guilty conscious got the better of him.

Now jobless, he was caged yesterday for eight months and banned from the roads for two years.

His victim still struggles to walk and yesterday called for Horsburgh to get a lifetime ban.
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Olympian Chris Hoy awarded prestigious Edinburgh prize

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By Oliver Farrimond

SIR Chris Hoy was back in his home town yesterday to pick up a prestigious award – but his beautiful fiancé stole the show.

Gorgeous legal eagle Sarra Kemp stunned onlookers wearing a flowing red dress as she stepped out with the Olympic hero.

Hoy, 33, whisked devoted Sarra to Prague during the last Easter weekend after proposing with a stunning diamond ring.

However when asked if he had named a date for the ceremony, Hoy remained coy.

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Hearts FC ban shamed fans after pitch invasion against Hibs

By SHAUN MILNE & PAUL THORNTON

TWO Hearts fans who shamed their side after running onto the pitch at Tynecastle during Thursday night’s live televised Edinburgh derby against Hibs have been banned indefinitely by furious club chiefs.

Managing Director Campbell Ogilvie lashed their conduct as “unacceptable” and said the pair had disrespected the Edinburgh side which only recently introduced a strict fans’ code of conduct enshrined by its Supporters Charter.

He said they would be shown the door immediately, missing out on one of the most exciting SPL run-ins for years as the SPL side bids for a last remaining Europa cup place.

The shamed pair ran onto the pitch after striker Derek Riordan scored a penalty for Hibs in the last quarter of the match.

BANNED: Hearts fan Robert Philips faces possible jail term

BANNED: Hearts fan Robert Philips faces possible jail term

They were unmasked yesterday as Robert Philips, 25, an electrician from Edinburgh who was warned he now faces jail and Ryan Wyllie, 16, a trainee plumber who was ordered to pay a fine.

Wyllie will also automatically be stripped of his season ticket.

Both appeared in court separately yesterday.

In a tersely worded statement, Mr Campbell said: “We have acted quickly with the police to identify two supporters who entered the playing area during the game. Continue reading