Scientist walks free after Welwyn Garden City hospital theft charges dropped

PUBLISHED: 15:23 07 March 2016 | UPDATED: 15:29 07 March 2016

QE2 hospital under demolition

QE2 hospital under demolition

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A medical scientist accused of stealing equipment worth thousands of pounds from the old QE2 Hospital in Welwyn Garden City will not stand trial as prosecutors have dropped the case.

A medical scientist accused of stealing equipment worth thousands of pounds from the old QE2 Hospital in WGC will not stand trial as prosecutors have dropped the case.

A trial of Mpumelelo Mhlanga, 42, at St Albans Crown Court in January heard he had stolen equipment worth about £72,000 shortly before the hospital was demolished.

The trial was abandoned because of a problem with the jury, and a retrial was scheduled for this week.

But a spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service told the WHT that a review of the evidence given in January had found there was insufficient prospect of a conviction for a retrial to be in the public interest.

Consequently, Mr Mhlanga, who lives at Linceslade Grove, Milton Keynes and was employed at the Lister hospital in Stevenage, has been released with no stain on his character, after several months on remand.

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