Oncologist who drugged and assaulted registrar has jail term slashed

A former senior oncologist who drugged and indecently assaulted a junior registrar has had his minimum jail term slashed by nearly two-thirds on appeal after a court took into account his “extraordinary” contribution to the medical profession and good standing in the community.

John Henry Kearsley, 65, will be eligible for parole in May — 18 months sooner than mandated under his original sentence.

According to the agreed facts, the then-director of radiation oncology at Sydney’s St