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Scots doctor accused of killing woman by giving her prescription drugs in tattoo parlour

The High Court in Edinburgh
The High Court in Edinburgh

A doctor has gone on trial accused of killing a woman by giving her prescription drugs at a tattoo parlour in Dundee.

Katy McAllister denies causing the death of Louise McGowan, one day after she is alleged to have supplied the woman with substances at Voodoo Tattoo in the city.

Lawyers acting for the 31-year-old medic entered not guilty pleas on Ms McAllister’s behalf on the first day of proceedings at the High Court in Edinburgh.

The medical professional, of Seafield Close, Dundee, is standing trial on a total of 18 charges.

On Friday, jurors heard the contents of a legal document which detailed the allegations facing Ms McAllister, a Dundee University graduate.

Prosecutors allege that on May 9, 2015 at her home address, and Voodoo Tattoo in the city’s Perth Road, Ms McAllister “did recklessly and unlawfully” supply controlled and “potentially lethal” drugs to Ms McGowan.

The Crown alleges that the drugs supplied to Ms McGowan were Tramadol, Diazepam and Temazepam, which are all categorised as Class C drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

Ms McAllister is also alleged to have supplied Ms McGowan with Codeine, Diphenhydramine and Cyclizine.

Prosecutors say that Ms McGowan, who lived at Loganlea Terrace in Dundee, “ingested” the drugs to the danger of her health, safety and life.

As consequence it is alleged the drugs given by McAllister killed Miss McGowan.

The Crown also claims that on May 11, 2015 at her home in Dundee, McAllister had drugs called Psilocybin and Psilocin in her possession.

These substances are classified as Class A under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

The medic also faces charges which include an allegation that she stole quantities of the class C drug Midazolam from Ninewells Hospital in Dundee between June and August 2014.

Prosecutors also claim that McAllister supplied, or offered to supply, drugs to a number of individuals in the Dundee area.

Jurors also heard from a statement of evidence which has been agreed between prosecutors and McAllister’s lawyers.

The facts agreed include that McAllister graduated from Dundee University on June 26, 2009 with a Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery degree.

Both sets of lawyers also agree that McAllister was “admitted” as a “fully registered medical practitioner” with the General Medical Council on August 4, 2010.

The court also heard McAllister had worked as a specialist registrar in acute medicine at Ninewells Hospital and that she began working there in June 2014.

The prosecution case is being conducted by advocate Tim Niven Smith whilst McAllister is represented by Mark Stewart QC. T

The trial, which is being heard before judge Graham Buchanan QC, continues on Tuesday.

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