Ian Paterson forced victims into paying for unnecessary operations to fund a luxury lifestyle
Prosecutors believe earning the extra cash was part of the 59-year-old’s motive as he mutilated scores of patients.
One victim said he was “using cancer as a way of making money”.
Paterson paid for his multi-million pound property portfolio and indulged his love of expensive paintings and fine wine by working in NHS and private hospitals.
He and his physiotherapist wife Louise, 53, owned a £1.25million eight-bedroom home in Edgbaston, Birmingham.
They sold the home, along with its coach house, in 2013 but still own homes in Cardiff, Manchester and a luxury villa in Florida.
The couple then lived in Altrincham, Greater Manchester, where they rubbed shoulders with Premier League footballers.
Ian owned a £1.25 million home in Birmingham with his wife
Detective Superintendent Dale Robertson, of West Midlands Police, visited the couple’s former home in Edgbaston when he went to question the surgeon about the complaints from his former patients.
In an interview for Channel 5’s documentary The Butcher Surgeon, DS Robertson said: “His house was immaculately decorated throughout with paintings.
“I went downstairs into his wine cellar and there were crates of fine wines – his super-fine wines were under lock and key.”
Ian worked as a doctor in NHS and private hospitals where he repeatedly manipulated patients
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One of Paterson’s victims, James Fernihough, 43, had three unnecessary lumpectomies in 12 months.
He said: “I found it quite difficult to understand why he did what he did. He was using cancer as a way of making money. This isn’t a playing God thing.
“He took a pound of flesh off me for money.” DS Robertson added: “He was very used to being able to control his environment and control the people around him.”