Richard Freeman’s QC Mary O’Rourke claims the case against her client had no evidence and was “everywhere”; Freeman is charged with misconduct related to his time as a doctor with British Cycling and Team Sky in 2011. The long-running practice ability hearing was suspended until February 12th
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Last updated: 21/06/21 8:05 PM
Mary O’Rourke (left) defends Dr. Richard Freeman (right) outside the Medical Court
British Cycling has been accused of looking for evidence to discredit its former doctor Richard Freeman, a tribunal has heard.
Summing up at the doctor’s long-term fitness-to-practice hearing, Freeman’s QC Mary O’Rourke claimed that the case against her client had no evidence and was “everywhere.”
Because of these shortcomings, she said the General Medical Council had expanded its scope to try to otherwise discredit Freeman by using evidence from sources such as British Cycling.
Freeman is charged with misconduct related to his time as a doctor with British Cycling and Team Sky in 2011.
O’Rourke said, “You have to be wary of red herrings. In this case there are plenty. It looks like GMC and British Cycling, and whoever has scoured anything that could help discredit or discredit Dr. Freeman.” to show.” him in a bad light. ”
Freeman has admitted 18 of 22 charges against him, including ordering 30 sachets of Testogel from the National Cycling Center in Manchester.
Those he competes against include allegations that he ordered the Testogel to know or believe that this is supposed to improve an athlete’s performance.
O’Rourke claims the case brought by GMC had no substance and was inconsistent.
She said, “I’m attacking the GMC case negatively because of the burden of proof, and from the jumble of evidence they are calling back and forth, they have no clear idea of what they are saying what they are saying to prove.
“Every story has two sides. Sometimes it seemed like the GMC story had four or five pages. They had no direct evidence.”
While Freeman claimed he ordered the Testogel after it was asked by former performance director Shane Sutton to treat his erectile dysfunction, O’Rourke said the GMC did not provide a clear story.
She said the GMC had a “confusing, changing position on Mr. Sutton”.
“It has always been a mystery who, according to the GMC’s evidence, was the intended recipient of the Testogel,” she said, referring to the GMC’s position throughout the hearing.
She said she was “so shocked” at the time that Richard Jackson QC, who represented the GMC, in his summary said Freeman ordered the Testogel to “impress” Sutton, who wanted it for an athlete.
“This was a really amazing template so late in the fall,” she said.
Sutton denied claims against him before storming out of the hearing in November 2019.
O’Rourke added that another claim that Freeman worked with “sleepers” – former doubles – should be rejected as “a sign of extreme despair”.
O’Rourke continued to criticize the way the GMC case was handled, saying that new documents were being drawn up all the time after “Mr Jackson stood up very confidently and said the case was closed”.
She said Jackson was “like rabbits out of a hat and pulling out certain documents that had not previously been published”.
“Dr. Freeman didn’t get a chance to read it,” she said.
She criticized the GMC for the time it took to question Freeman, who had been on the stand for six weeks.
“He was repeatedly promised only a few more days, but it went on and on,” she said. “The problem was that Mr. Jackson was asking long, tangled, complex questions about documents that Dr. Freeman had never seen before.”
The hearing was adjourned until February 12 when O’Rourke was due to finalize her recap. A verdict is expected next month.