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Konstanty Kostek Kieda
Allegations and Plea
The College alleged that the Member was found guilty of a criminal offence, namely second degree murder that is relevant to his suitability to practise.
The Member was neither present nor represented by counsel at the hearing. The hearing proceeded on the basis that the Member denied the allegations.
Court documents confirmed that the Member was found guilty of second degree murder. The Member had moved into his elderly parent’s home to assist the parent in recuperating from a head injury. Following a brief argument, the Member beat the parent to death with at least two different weapons, including a wooden stick. College Counsel submitted that the conviction was highly relevant to suitability to practise as nurses are expected to have a respect for life, an underpinning of the profession.
The Panel found that the Member committed professional misconduct as alleged. The offence demonstrated a blatant disrespect for the sanctity of life and was utterly inconsistent with the ethical foundation of the nursing profession. Although the Member's conduct did not occur in a nursing practice environment, it was of such significance that it shook the public’s confidence and trust of the profession.
Submissions on Order
The College sought revocation of the Member’s certificate of registration. The College noted that the Member did not participate in the process nor did he express any remorse as part of this process.
The Panel determined that the revocation was an appropriate order as it demonstrates to the public and membership that this conduct is fundamentally inconsistent with the core values of the profession and will not be tolerated. The Member forfeited the trust and confidence afforded to him and cannot remain a part of the nursing profession.