Alfie Evans’ dad has reportedly sought to privately prosecute three doctors for allegedly conspiring to murder his son.
Lord Justice McFarlane, the judge presiding over the Alfie Evans case, told the Court of Appeal today (April 25) dad Tom Evans has discussed private proceedings to have three named doctors charged with conspiracy to murder.
The court heard how papers were served on doctors at Alder Hey Children’s hospital yesterday.
As reported by The Mirror, Lord Justice McFarlane told the counsel:
Your client purported to take out a private prosecution to have three named doctors charged with the criminal offence of conspiracy to murder.
Those summonses were served on the doctors and I hear you say that there is no hostility to the NHS.
Alfie’s parents, Tom and Kate, are not at the appeal hearing which is taking place in London today after High Court judge Mr Justice Hayden yesterday (April 24) ruled out plans to take the child to Italy.
Arrangements have been made to allow Tom to listen into proceedings via a phone link.
21-year-old Tom’s barrister Paul Diamond is understood to have told the court ‘he is a desperate man clutching at straws’ and although there is no ‘hostility against the NHS’ there are indeed ‘tensions’.
He added that more than 40 hours after being taken off life support, 23-month-old Alfie is ‘still fighting’.
Doctors at Alder Hey stopped providing the life support treatment to Alfie late on Monday (April 23).
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To date Alfie’s parents have already lost two rounds of fights in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights.
Alfie’s mum Kate was represented separately in court today by Jason Coppel QC as she fought for her son to travel to Rome for treatment.
Mr Coppel told the court Kate told him:
Alfie is struggling and needs immediate intervention.
I have spoken to her directly. The purpose of the phone call was to say that Alfie was struggling and needed immediate intervention to ensure that he survives at least for the purposes of today and she asked me if I would pass that on to the court and ask that the court invite the hospital to take the appropriate steps.
Alfie has been in hospital since December 2016 suffering from a rare undiagnosed degenerative neurological condition.
Doctors claim his brain has been destroyed by his illness stating it is in the child’s best interest to withdraw life support.
Earlier this week Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced they had granted the toddler citizenship in the country.
According to the Liverpool Echo, an official statement reads:
Ministers Alfano and Minniti have granted Italian citizenship to little Alfie.
In this way the Italian government hopes that being an Italian citizen will allow the child immediate transfer to Italy.
However, a judge ruled this out yesterday claiming his decision was the ‘final chapter in the case of this extraordinary little boy’.
The case though is still ongoing.
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Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.