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Indian-origin doc given 5 years for cocaine deaths of escorts

world Updated: Aug 26, 2011 12:01 IST

An Indian-origin neurosurgeon in Australia was today sentenced to at least five years in prison for supplying fatal amounts of cocaine to two escorts who later died.

During a hearing in a court today, a judge heard that Sydney-based doctor Suresh Nair was "driven by self indulgence" in embarking on sex and drug filled binges in his Eastern Suburbs apartment, according to a report in the Herald Sun.

The 43-year-old surgeon had pleaded guilty last year to the manslaughter of Suellen Domingues Zaupa and to supplying cocaine to Victoria McIntyre.

Judge Robert Toner described Nair's role in the Brazilian native's death as "amounting to gross negligence".

Toner said Nair had been grossly negligent in not calling for an ambulance when Domingues-Zaupa was having convulsions due to her voluntary cocaine use during the sex session.

The 22-year-old's body lay in the Elizabeth Bay apartment for a few days after her death on November 19, 2009, which Judge Toner said "shows the depths to which the offender had fallen".

"He had abandoned any sense of responsibility to others and to himself," he said.

The death of Zaupa came less than nine months after 23-year-old McIntyre died in hospital a day after taking large amounts of cocaine given to her by Nair.

The court heard that Nair had started using cocaine in 2002, but his dependence on the drug increased following the break-up of his relationship in 2008.

Toner said Nair described himself as "shy and self-contained" and called escorts to his home when he felt "bored, lonely or fed up".

He said he had listened to references from Nair's former patients who described him as caring, and noted that his treatment of them compared to what happened to the two women highlighted "the contradictions in this profoundly sad case".

He handed down a total non-parole sentence of five years and four months for the charge of manslaughter, and two drug supply offences.