CONTROVERSIAL "ex-pert" Professor Sir Roy Meadow is to give evidence at the inquest into the death of tragic baby Toby Woods.
A coroner has set aside a fortnight in January for the inquiry - repeatedly adjourned since Toby's death almost four years ago - following the announcement that the baby's mum, Donna Hanson, will not face charges.
Sir Roy, a self-promoted "expert" in unexplained cot deaths, will be called to give evidence at the insistence of Toby's father, Robert Woods.
The consultant paediatrician is notorious for his role in the high-profile cases of Sally Clark - the Cheshire solicitor acquitted of killing her two children on appeal - and Trupti Patel, who was cleared of murdering her three babies.
However, the results of both cases shed doubt on his evidence. He told the original trial jury in the Clark case that chances of two cot deaths in the same family were 73 million to one; experts now say the chances are 8,500 to one.
Coroner Michael Singleton also agreed with a request by Mr Woods that the inquest, set to start on 19 January, should be held in front of a jury.
A four-year nightmare ended for Miss Hanson, when police announced they would not be bringing charges against her following the deaths of her two babies.
Ten-month-old Ashley died in December 1998 and four-month-old Toby died in September 1999.
A verdict of natural causes was recorded on Ashley but the inquest into Toby's death was delayed while extensive police inquiries involving numerous medical experts were carried out.
The inquest will be held at either Accrington or Clitheroe Town Hall.