Scotland, Edinburgh - General Practitioner Ashley Sibery admitted to injecting his wife with heroin at Sheriff Court yesterday.
GP Ashley Sibery persuaded wife Sital to try the drug after she confronted him about his secret habit. Within minutes, she collapsed and lost consciousness.
An ambulance crew managed to stabilise Sital’s breathing before taking her to hospital.
At Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday, Sibery, 39, admitted injecting his wife with heroin.
The court heard that Sital had earlier challenged her husband over his erratic behaviour. When he admitted he had been using heroin for two months, she threatened to end the marriage unless he gave up the drug.
Despite the ultimatum, Sibery managed to persuade Sital into taking what was supposed to be his final fix.
The court heard how Sibery wanted his wife to experience the feeling he got from heroin. Depute procurator fiscal Karen Rollo said: “Bizarrely, he asked her if she wanted to try some. He told her that he had a small quantity of heroin remaining in the house and that he would give her it. He wanted her to experience the drug, to see what it was like. The heroin was then prepared and it was injected into her.
"Within a few minutes, she collapsed and lost consciousness. She started to have breathing difficulties. An ambulance was then called. The paramedics who attended the scene recognised him as being a doctor.”
Ms Rollo said police arrested Sibery at the couple’s home in the New Town area of Edinburgh.
The doctor confessed that he had given his wife heroin.
Ms Rollo added: “He told them that he wanted to relax her and deal with stress. He told the officers how she slipped into unconsciousness.”
Sibery, who used to work as an accident and emergency doctor, admitted a charge of culpable and reckless conduct in April. The court heard that the doctor is now in the care of a consultant psychiatrist who is helping him to tackle his problems.
He and his wife are still together.
Sibery will be sentenced next month.