A judge has thrown out a case of unlawful killing against a doctor and an NHS Trust following the death of a mother from Kent who died after giving birth.
Mr Justice Coulson ruled there was no case to answer against anaesthetist Dr Errol Cornish and the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust. The manslaughter trial was two weeks into its evidence.
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A health trust - acquitted of corporate manslaughter after the death of a woman who had just given birth - has said it regrets that the case ever came to trial.
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust - along with anaesthetist Errol Cornish, aged 68 - faced a landmark prosecution over the death of Frances Cappuccini. The mother-of-two died after having a caesarean section.
Mrs Cappuccini, a teacher, who was 30, died in October 2012 after giving birth to her second son, at hospital in Pembury, in Kent.
Today, judge Mr Justice Coulson instructed the jury at the Inner London Crown Court to acquit the Trust and Mr Cornish, two weeks into the trial.
The Trust was the first health service body to face a prosecution in recent years. Mr Cornish had been accused of gross negligence manslaughter.
Here is the response from the NHS Trust:
The Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS trust is expected to become the first trust in the country to go on trial for corporate manslaughter later today.
It follows the death of expectant mother Frances Cappuccini while giving birth at Tunbridge Wells Hospital.
One of the doctors, Errol Cornish, 67, who treated her is also facing a charge of manslaughter by gross negligence.
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An NHS doctor has appeared in court charged with the manslaughter of a primary school teacher who died after an emergency Caesarean.
Frances Cuppuccini, who was 30 years old, died at Tunbridge Wells Hospital in Pembury after giving birth to her son.
Today consultant Errol Cornish stood in the dock, alongside Glenn Douglas, the chief executive of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust - the health body accused of corporate manslaughter - a legal first.
Andrea Thomas reports.
An NHS doctor has appeared in court charged with the manslaughter by gross negligence of a primary school teacher who died after giving birth by emergency Caesarean section.
Errol Cornish stood in the dock alongside Glenn Douglas, chief executive of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, which is facing a landmark prosecution over Frances Cappuccini's death.
Mrs Cappuccini, 30, died at Tunbridge Wells Hospital in Pembury, Kent, after giving birth to her son by emergency Caesarean section on October 9 2012.
Last month Kent Police said a decision had been taken to prosecute 67-year-old father-of-two Cornish, along with Dr Nadeem Azeez, 52, for the gross negligence manslaughter of Mrs Cappuccini, who was married to husband Tom.
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, which runs Tunbridge Wells Hospital, is accused of corporate manslaughter - the first time an NHS trust has been charged with the offence since its introduction in 2008. At Sevenoaks Magistrates' Court today, on behalf of the Trust, Douglas, 56, and South African-born consultant anaesthetist Cornish, of Holmbury Park, Bromley, south east London, spoke only to confirm their name and date of birth during a first hearing in the case.
The case was committed to Maidstone Crown Court, with a preliminary hearing listed for May 22.
Kent Police said an arrest warrant has been issued for Azeez, formerly of Chestnut Avenue, Tunbridge Wells, who has returned to Pakistan. Locals said Mrs Cappuccini was a "much-loved and dedicated" teacher at Offham School in Kent, which she joined as a newly-qualified teacher, taking reception and early year classes.
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