Montreal naturopath found guilty in patient's death, will face second trial

Quebec's Court of Appeal has found a Montreal naturopath guilty of involuntary manslaughter, overturning a Quebec court judge's ruling from 2015.

Mitra Javanmardi was found guilty, in an exceptional decision rendered Thursday, on charges in connection with the death of 84-year-old Roger Matern.

In 2008, Matern was a patient of Javanmardi's and sought treatment for breathing problems because of fluid in his lungs after heart surgery.

He was given a magnesium injection, despite naturopaths not being legally allowed to administer intravenous treatments in Quebec.

The province's highest court ruled the Quebec judge erred in the legal interpretation of what is required to be convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

The decision called on the lower court to now find an appropriate sentence for the involuntary manslaughter conviction. It also calls for a new trial, where Javanmardi will face a second charge of criminal negligence causing death.