Ovais Badat, leading UK psychiatrist, convicted – gave patient champagne and cocaine in hotel room – she relapsed into drug use

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Bristol Post
Leading Bristol consultant psychiatrist gave woman patient champagne and cocaine in hotel room
By Geoffrey Bennett
October 2, 2017

Psychiatrist Ovais Badat

One of the UK’s top consultant psychiatrists faces jail term after being convicted of supplying a Class A drug.

Dr Ovais Badat worked at the Hengrove-based adult ADHD service of Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.

But the outwardly respectable medical professional hid a dark secret – he was supplying cocaine and making out false prescriptions to get his hands on more substances.

Badat, of Hopewell Street, Tetbury, denied all wrongdoing when he was rumbled.

But after a week-long trial at Bristol Crown Court, the 41-year-old was convicted of supplying cocaine, making articles for use in frauds, fraud and possessing Class B drug Ketamine.

Judge Euan Ambrose bailed Badat, pending a report, for sentencing later this month.

He told the psychiatrist the likely sentence would be custodial.

Badat declined to comment as he left court.

Kerry Barker, prosecuting, told the jury Badat met ADHD patient Laura Lister through a friend, and she offered to do administration work for him.

In January 2015 the psychiatrist called Miss Lister, told her about his working for Children in Need and said that they would be providing him with hotel accommodation in Bristol that evening.

Mr Barker said: “He invited her to meet him there. It was the Holiday Inn, next to St James Barton Roundabout. The time of the meeting was to be 10pm.”

The court heard Miss Lister arrived at the hotel and Badat took her to her room, but said they would get to work later.

Mr Barker said: “He provided from his bag bottles of champagne and a tin entitled ‘Man Tin’, in which there was a large lump of cocaine and various pills.

“They joked about Laura being a patient of the clinic. They drank the champagne.”

The court heard Miss Lister said she could not take the cocaine because she developed an allergic reaction to it, having been a drug user.

But he told her she could not be allergic to pure cocaine and the allergic reaction must have been a cutting agent.

More food and cocktails were ordered, the court heard, they talked about ADHD and the Badat gave Miss Lister advice about medication for it.

After staying overnight, Miss Lister was ill, hungover and vomiting.

The jury heard that, with no work to do, she left at 10am and Badat gave her a wrap of cocaine and some blue ADHD pills before taking her home.

Later Miss Lister reassured Badat she was not going to the authorities.

But the court heard she relapsed into drug use and, on reflection, became concerned about Badat’s behaviour that night.

When Miss Lister was contacted by a manager at the ADHD service clinic she told them what happened and police were called in.

An investigation which ensued established Badat had acquired drugs by writing fake prescriptions in the name of “Ebrahim Fulat”, for whom there was no record.

CCTV showed the person collecting those prescription drugs from the chemist – such as ‘legal high’ blue pills – was Badat himself.

It was discovered Badat was a regular cocaine user who took it in a friend’s presence, the court heard.

Ovais Badat

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