Doctor jailed in Australia for removing woman's genitals
A doctor convicted of removing a woman's genitals without her consent was sentenced Friday to three and a half years in jail, a news report said.
Graeme Reeves was found guilty in March of causing grievous bodily harm to the woman. In the same Sydney trial, he was also found guilty of indecent assault on two other female patients while conducting pelvic examinations, DPA reported.
The judge noted Reeves suffered from depression but had nonetheless performed the operation without getting his patient's informed consent, national broadcaster ABC said.
A 58-year-old woman had gone to Reeves in 2002 in Bega, a town in the south-eastern corner of New South Wales, seeking treatment for a small patch of discoloured skin on her labia.
The court heard the doctor told her it was a form of pre-cancer and he would remove the lesion, but when she awoke after the surgery, she discovered the doctor had removed much of her genitals, including her clitoris.
The defence argued the doctor was trying to save her life.