A Dundee doctor who was cleared of killing one of her friends has been struck off after admitting trying to import controlled drugs into the UK.
Katy McAllister had her name erased from the medical register after a disciplinary panel heard she had racked up a number of criminal convictions.
She pled guilty last year to importing or attempting to import oxycodone and morphine, both powerful Class A drugs.
Dundee Sheriff Court heard that the 34-year-old had been duped by her online supplier in India, who sent her over-the-counter tablets such as hay fever pills, paracetamol and ibuprofen instead of powerful drugs.
McAllister, of Dundee, also admitted importing the tranquilliser diazepam and temazepam, both Class C drugs, and was ordered to carry out 210 hours of unpaid work as a direct alternative to jail in January.
In 2017 the mother-of-two admitted supplying a fellow doctor with diazepam pills while employed at NHS Tayside and distributing tablets such as temazepam and possessing magic mushrooms.
She was found not guilty at the High Court in Edinburgh the same year of causing the death of her friend, Louise McGowan, in May 2015, by giving her powerful painkillers.
Prosecutors had alleged she administered the drugs to Mrs McGowan, but a judge ruled they had failed to provide evidence of culpable homicide.
In May last year, McAllister was also convicted of driving while unfit through drink or drugs and without due care and attention. She was banned from the roads for 12 months and ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work.
At a hearing of The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service earlier this week, McAllister was struck off after it found her fitness to practice was impaired.
She had been suspended from practising for more than two-and-a-half years before the ruling.
The court was told that McAllister’s drug-importing activities were discovered during an investigation into the death of Mrs McGowan.
The doctor admitted four charges under the Customs and Excise Management Act, of importing or attempting to import restricted or prohibited goods.
The court heard that the offences were committed at McAllister’s home in Dundee, at the city’s Royal Mail sorting office, and at the UK’s international postal hub in Coventry between May and August 2017.