A Sydney neurosurgeon, jailed over the cocaine-related deaths of two sex workers, is facing deportation from Australia.
The Sun-Herald can reveal that Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has instigated moves aimed at sending Suresh Nair back to his native Malaysia the moment he is freed on parole, possibly next month.
The extraordinary twist is possible because Nair – an Australian resident of more than 30 years – never became an official citizen. In the lead up to his conviction, the disgraced doctor did lodge an application for citizenship – but the paperwork was not processed.
”The minister has called for a submission in relation to his powers under the act for cancellation of the individual’s visa,” an Immigration Department spokeswoman confirmed. Asked about Nair’s impending parole date, one of the senior NSW Police detectives who brought Nair to justice said: ”Can’t wait to see the back of him. ”We interviewed dozens of women during the course of our investigation, some recounting stories just as bad, if not worse, than those aired in court. I don’t ever want to hear that this has happened again.”
Nair was jailed in 2011 after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of Suellen Domingues Zaupa, 22, who died of a cocaine overdose in his luxury Elizabeth Bay flat in November 2009.
He also pleaded guilty to supplying the cocaine that nine months previously killed another escort, Victoria McIntyre, 23, in the same unit.
While the deaths themselves were shocking, it was the doctor’s behaviour on the nights in question that sparked public outrage during his trial.
NSW Police forensic scientist William Allender described Ms McIntyre’s blood-cocaine reading as ”startling” and one of the highest he had ever witnessed. In Ms Zaupa’s case, Nair left her dead in his bed for almost two days as he moved the cocaine party to a nearby hotel and hired more escorts.
A Sun-Herald investigation last week revealed how, in the lead up to the first death, a chilling warning was distributed among all ”commercial sex establishments” identifying Nair as a violent client who had almost killed a worker.
Weeks later, HM Escorts delivered Ms McIntyre to Nair.
The investigation also revealed that in the months separating both tragedies, Nair was allowed to spend $145,000 on sex and drug binges inside Sydney brothel Liaisons, including one 25-hour orgy where he spent $56,405 – less than half of which was listed as sexual services.
The brothel’s own internal room records, viewed by The Sun-Herald, show $17,320 was listed as ”cash out”, $20,330 was referred to as ”advance” with the rest recorded as regular sex and a $450 tip. According to a legal statement signed by a Liaisons insider, ”tip”, ”cash out” and ”fantasy” were allegedly code names used to disguise the doctor’s cocaine purchases inside the premises.
Nair, who had initially been charged with murder, is now on the brink of freedom after his minimum five years and four months sentence was cut on appeal last year.
However, if police and the Immigration Minister have their way, he will be resuming life in Malaysia – a country in which he last resided as a small child.
Under section 201 and 501 of the Migration Act, a deportation order can be served on any Australian permanent resident who has committed serious crime. According to the laws, consideration is given to both the nature and circumstances surrounding the crime as well as the ”safety of the Australian community”. After migrating to Australia in 1980 at the age of 11, Nair went on to graduate from the University of Sydney, where his nickname was ”sex rash”.
Little did fellow students realise how accurate their yearbook jibes would turn out to be.
Referring to Nair as a ”sex maniac” with a ”chronic sociopathic disposition”, they added he ”may send shivers down patients’ spines at the knowledge he will soon be a doctor”.
He later secured work at Nepean Public and Private hospitals, where as far back as 2004, the NSW Medical Board knew of his ”severe” cocaine addiction.
But at the height of his wild rampages, the drug-addicted neurosurgeon was still allowed to perform surgery on patients at Nepean right up until the time of his arrest – despite twice being suspended.
A trail of botched operations and shattered lives has since emerged, although the exact number of medical victims is unknown because health authorities have never conducted an audit of his work.