Breast surgeon Ian Paterson has been jailed for 15 years after carrying out unnecessary cancer operations. Paterson, 59, was convicted over operations on nine women and one man, but there were hundreds of other victims. He was found guilty of 17 counts of wounding with intent and three of unlawful wounding, after his trial. Jurors at Nottingham Crown Court heard last month Paterson had exaggerated or invented the risk of cancer. The NHS has paid almost £10m in compensation to his victims, while more than 600 private patients will pursue civil action against him later this year. The court was told the defendant, of Altrincham, Greater Manchester, urged patients to undergo procedures for “obscure motives” that may have included a desire to “earn extra money”. The trial heard accounts from 10 victims – representing a sample of those he treated – operated on between 1997 and 2011, at the privately-run Little Aston and Parkway hospitals in the West Midlands. Speaking at the sentencing victim John Ingram, who underwent an unnecessary double mastectomy, described Paterson as a criminal who committed grotesque, violent acts. Another victim Carole Johnson, described him as a “monster”. In a victim impact statement read out in court she said she felt “violated and vulnerable” and had “lost confidence” because of Paterson’s actions. Pamela Jain, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said Paterson had repeatedly abused his victims’ trust for more than a decade.