Royal Free podiatrist struck off a year after conviction for harrassing surgeon with delusional letters
PUBLISHED: 16:19 27 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:19 27 July 2017
A podiatrist who harassed a surgeon with 400 letters describing their fantasy marriage has been struck off the medical register.
Anuradha Megpara, 54, became fixated with Dr Darryll Baker when they were both working at the Royal Free Hospital. She sent hundreds of hand-delivered messages about their supposed marriage, her wedding dress and their future home.
She was banned from practising medicine at a tribunal convened by the Health and Care Professions’ Conduct and Competence Committee yesterday.
Megpara was convicted by City of London Magistrates’ Court last year of harassing Dr Baker with ‘a number of unwarranted greeting cards and letters confessing your love for him’. The tribunal found that this conviction impaired the foot doctor’s fitness to practise, and duly struck her off.
Prosecutor Felicity Lineham told City of London Magistrates’ Court at the time: “One of the letters which caused the most concern was one which made negative reference to his mother.
“Miss Megpara blamed his mother for her ‘dominance’ of him, calling her a ‘Jewish mother’.”
Megpara, of Haverstock Hill, was given a six-week suspended sentence and handed a restraining order after admitting the charge brought against her.
She was also ordered to pay £620 in costs, and an £80 victim surcharge.
The victim went to police after Megpara tried to take out a non-molestation order against him early in 2015.
Megpara was given an official harassment warning in June 2015, but sent another 30 cards and letters before being charged with harassment.
Chris Stevens, defending, said Megpara was depressed following the death of her father and claimed she built an ‘alternate reality’ as a coping mechanism.
Dr Baker’s office declined to comment on the tribunal’s ruling on Megpara.