Plastic surgeon appears in court charged with attempted murder of fellow doctor

A leading plastic surgeon accused of attempting to murder a fellow doctor, has appeared in court.

Jonathan Peter Brooks, 56, is charged over the alleged stabbing of Graeme Perks, 65, who is fighting for his life in hospital.

Brooks spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address during a 15 minute hearing at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court today.

Wearing a grey tracksuit, he asked if could be seated throughout the proceedings and if he could remove his facemask in the dock.

Brooks is charged with attempting to murder Mr Perks, three counts of attempted arson with intent to endanger life and possession of a knife.

He was remanded in custody to next appear at Nottingham Crown Court on February 15.

Previously, the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) said they were “shocked and appalled” by the “brutal attack” on one of their colleagues and past presidents.

Dr Perks has held leadership roles in the NHS, is a former chairman of the East Midlands Cancer Network and was president and chairman of the trustees of the charity BAPRAS in 2013 and 2014.

He was also a member of the Board for the International Confederation of Plastic Surgery Societies between 2016 and 2018.

BAPRAS president and consultant plastic surgeon Ruth Waters said: “It has been my good fortune and honour to know Graeme for many years.

“I have benefited from his kindness, generosity and extensive knowledge throughout my career in plastic surgery.

“It has therefore been no surprise to me that as news of this terrible attack has spread, we have been contacted by colleagues from around the world.

“All have expressed their shock at what has happened and also their deep concern for his wellbeing and their hope for his speedy recovery.”