A medical disciplinary tribunal has ordered a St. John's psychiatrist who posted bail for a patient to undergo psychiatric counselling and pay $10,000.
In March, John Doucet was found guilty of professional misconduct because he had posted $65,000 bail for his patient, Shirley Turner, in 2001.
Turner was fighting extradition to the U.S. at the time in the shooting death of her former boyfriend, Andrew Bagby.
She later drowned herself and her son in 2003 after she had again been released on bail – although Doucet was not involved in that bail decision.
During a sanctioning hearing, Doucet was ordered to see a psychiatrist and pay one third of the $30,000 bill incurred by the College of Physicians and Surgeons for the tribunal.
Doucet has not said if he plans to appeal the decision.
"[I am] disappointed in the decision – the decision, the verdict – and we have to consider our future," said Doucet.
David Bagby, the father of Andrew Bagby, filed the complaint with the College of Physicians and Surgeons.
He wanted a harsher penalty, but said this will set a precedent.
"What Dr. Doucet did for Shirley Turner is not acceptable, and that has been said loud and clear," said Bagby.
"So, again, mission accomplished."
At hearings in February, Doucet said that he in retrospect had made an error in judgment, but that he was acting out of compassion for his patient.
Doucet has been ordered to see a psychiatrist who is acceptable to the College of Physicians and Surgeons within 30 days.
If he fails to comply with that order, he will lose his ability to practise medicine.