Disgraced dentist faces court again

Dentist Alfred Agedo leaves court after receiving a suspended sentence.
Dentist Alfred Agedo leaves court after receiving a suspended sentence.

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 inquiries 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 over the limit 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 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.

“It may well be that inquiries will have to be made to see if you are safe to practise on members of the public,” he said.

Seven years ago, Agedo was suspended from dentistry for a year after he admitted a series of blunders while extracting five teeth from a patient. He failed to check X-rays, left the roots of two teeth in the man’s gums – and when he realised his mistake tried to destroy the notes.

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.

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. The impact of a custodial sentence on him would be immense. Losing his liberty would cause him to lose his employment.”

Agedo is also banned from driving for three years and must do 80 hours’ unpaid work.