A RUSSIAN doctor accused of faking his medical credentials to get a job as a psychiatrist in North Queensland and on the Gold Coast has tried to argue a Southport judge would be bias in his case. Pictured is Vincent Berg (right). Picture Mike Batterham.
A RUSSIAN doctor accused of faking his medical credentials to get a job as a psychiatrist in North Queensland and on the Gold Coast has tried to argue a Southport judge would be bias in his case. Pictured is Vincent Berg (right). Picture Mike Batterham.

Russian doctor accuses judge of bias

A RUSSIAN doctor accused of faking his medical credentials to get a job as a psychiatrist has tried to argue a Southport judge would be bias in hearing his case.

In a pre-trial hearing for alleged dodgy doctor Vincent Victor Berg in the Southport District Court this morning, Berg's legal team applied for a stay on the proceedings, saying Judge David Kent QC had once "excused" himself from the matter on the basis he had worked with the Medical Board of Australia prior to his appointment to the bench.

Defence barrister Adrian Donaldson argued Mr Kent should not hear the matter because of a "perceived bias" resulting from this involvement.

The court heard only Berg was in the court at the time the comment was allegedly made.

His legal team were not present, the court heard.

However, Mr Kent refused to stand aside, saying he never attempted to "recuse" himself from the matter.

The court heard Mr Kent had once brought up his involvement with the Medical Board during mention for another case involving a doctor, which was being heard on the same day as Berg's in 2016.

"It may be that your client or someone overheard that discussion," Mr Kent said.

"That's in a different universe from me saying I might recuse myself from that case."

The court heard Judge David Kent QC worked in a professional capacity with the Medical Board and dealt mainly in general policy.

Mr Donaldson argued the fact Mr Kent used to work on the Board could lead "fair minded and reasonable people" to develop the perception he would be "bias" in hearing the case.

The court heard a complaint was made to the Board about Mr Berg in 2002, some 14 years before Mr Kent worked there.

The application to have Mr Kent excused from hearing the matter was dismissed.

Berg is accused of allegedly forging his medical degree then worked as a psychiatrist registrar at the Townsville Hospital mental health between July, 1999 to January, 2002.

Berg, who came to Australia as a Russian refugee is facing trial on 24 offences including fraud, forgery and causing grievous bodily harm.

The court this morning heard the matter was riddled with delays including getting Russian witnesses to Australia to give evidence at trial.

Berg was charged in 2009.

Outside court Berg told reporters he believed he had been targeted by the Russian government and he would not be travelling to the country while he faced legal action.

News Corp Australia


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