A GP charged with attempting to hire a hitman to kill a Brown Shipley financial adviser is in intensive care after being involved in a serious road accident.
Dr David Crichton, who is due to appear in Winchester Crown Court for trial next week, is being treated in the neuro-intensive unit at Southampton hospital after he was hit by a car while cycling on 11 January in Ferndown, Hampshire, reports the Bournemouth Echo.
It is not currently clear whether he will be able to make the trial, but it seems likely that it will need to be postponed as his condition has been described as ‘critical, but stable’.
Prosecutors alleged Critchon 'solicited, encouraged, persuaded or endeavoured to persuade or proposed to a person unknown' to kill Andrew Boldon in February last year.
This followed him waging a nine month harassment campaign against the adviser, during which he sent threatening emails and messages.
The messages were said to have been sent between July 2016 and March last year with the intent of causing 'distress and anxiety' to Boldon.
Critchon appeared before magistrates in Poole on 21 September to answer the charges, but did not enter a plea. The case was adjourned until 19 October at Bournemouth Crown Court where he was charged.
Critchon, who is a long-standing director of the Tolpuddle Gardens GP surgery in Bournemouth, was released on bail on the condition that he did not make any contact with Boldon or any other staff at Brown Shipley Financial Advisers.
According to Brown Shipley's website, Boldon specialised in providing advice to medical professionals.