A Midland GP attacked his wife and went on a high-speed car rampage when he deliberately rammed other drivers.
Police followed Paul Slevin’s trail and had to Taser the knife-wielding doctor after he forced his way into a woman’s home and tried to take her car.
Slevin, 47, of Blythe Way, Solihull, who has a practice in Melton Mowbray, was found not guilty, by reason of insanity, of assault, affray and aggravated burglary following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court last week, when a jury heard about a series of incidents last September.
The GP had also faced charges over an incident in August when he was alleged to have threatened a prostitute with a knife at a Birmingham massage parlour following an argument over money.
However, Mark Heywood, prosecuting, told a judge yesterday that, bearing in mind the jury’s previous findings, it had been decided it was not in the public interest to continue with the case.
Judge Roderick Henderson ordered that charges of robbery, affray and threat to kill should lie on the court file.
He adjourned sentence on Slevin, who was allowed conditional bail and who had previously admitted a charge of possessing an offensive weapon.
At the trial last week, a series of statements were read out, including one from the defendant’s wife, Gina, who said they had been happily married for 13-and-a-half years and had three daughters. But she said her husband began to suffer from depression and to drink heavily and, in April last year, was asked to leave his practice and go on sick leave because his erratic conduct was beginning to affect his work.
He also began to see a psychiatrist in relation to his problems and started having an affair with another woman.
On September 28 last year, Slevin began to argue with his wife at lunch and then assaulted her, hitting her in the face and causing her nose to bleed, as well as twisting her arm behind her back in an attack witnessed by their children.
The doctor then armed himself with a knife before driving off at speed in his silver Mercedes. Two drivers were then deliberately rammed by Slevin, who when they stopped were threatened by the defendant, still wielding the knife.
Slevin then drove to a house in Lower Norton, Warwick, where he knocked on the door and demanded the woman living there hand over the keys to her Mini.
He came inside the property and the woman ran upstairs, locking herself in the bathroom.
By this time police were on his tail and officers arrived at the property to see him trying to drive away in his damaged Mercedes.
He came out of the car still with the knife and only dropped it after he was shot by one of the officers with a Taser stun gun.