Dentist faces conduct hearing

Dentist Alfred Agedo leaves court after receiving a suspended sentence.
Dentist Alfred Agedo leaves court after receiving a suspended sentence.
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A dentist faces a second disciplinary hearing after admitting refusing to give a sample when stopped by Doncaster police for drink-driving.

Alfred Agedo, who has previously been suspended by the General Dental Council, has two other drink-related convictions and an assault on his criminal record.

And sentencing him for his latest offence, District Judge Jonathan Bennett said enquiries should be made into Agedo’s fitness to practise.

Agedo, 47, was stopped after an altercation at a Cantley Lane petrol station, which led staff to report him because they believed he was too drunk to drive.

When police stopped his car near his home in Stoops Lane, Bessacarr, he failed a roadside breath test and was arrested – with a bottle of whisky found in the car.

However, at the police station he gave only a partial breath sample, which had a reading more than twice the legal alcohol limit.

Agedo, a father-of-two, admitted failing to provide a breath specimen on Sunday, November 17, when he appeared at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court.

Sentencing him to 10 weeks’ jail, suspended for a year, Judge Bennett said the case would have to be reported to the General Dental Council.

He told Agedo: “It may well be that enquiries will have to be made to see if you are safe to practise on members of the public.”

Seven years ago, Agedo was suspended from dentistry for a year after he admitted a series of blunders while extracting five teeth from a male patient.

He failed to check X-rays, left the roots of two teeth in the patient’s gums – and when he realised his mistake tried to destroy the notes, which he described at the time as ‘a moment of madness’.

The court heard Agedo was fined for drink-driving in 2002 and failing to take a breathalyser in 2004, the same year he was convicted of assaulting a police officer.

A probation report said Agedo would lose his employment as a dentist if he received a custodial sentence and it would have a severe impact on his family.

Lucy Brown, for Agedo, said his failure to give a sample at the police station was ‘a matter he bitterly regrets and has had time to reflect on’.

She said: “He didn’t deliberately wish not to co-operate.”

Mrs Brown said the police were not alerted to his condition by poor driving or a collision.

She said: “The impact of a custodial sentence on him would be immense. He is a dental surgeon who has been in his current position for two years and will be reported to the GDC for disciplinary proceedings. Losing his liberty would cause him to lose his employment.”

Mrs Brown said Agedo had never failed random alcohol tests at work and only drank when he was not working.

Judge Bennett also banned him from driving for three years and ordered him to carry out 80 hours of unpaid community work.