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A doctor in the United Kingdom was convicted of performing a “dangerous perversion” of an Islamic exorcism on his partner, which nearly had fatal consequences.
Hossam Metwally's trial lasted 8 weeks. He was found guilty of poisoning his partner Kelly Wilson, 33, at their Grimsby home, according to the BBC. Wilson's organs reportedly failed after Metwally, 60, secretly injected her with a concoction of drugs including fentanyl and ketamine. She also nearly suffered cardiac arrest, officials said.
Metwally was convicted on eight charges, including administering a noxious substance. He also pleaded guilty to one count of fraud. The ruling was handed down after roughly 90 minutes of jury deliberation.
During the trial, jurors watched hundreds of clips showing Metwally leading chanting rituals with Wilson. Some of the clips depicted Wilson restrained and apparently drugged.
Prosecutors painted Metwally as a "dangerous" person who "cruelly and deliberately" manipulated Wilson during the course of their relationship.
"By administering powerful anaesthetic and sedative drugs outside the safety of a hospital setting he was not only deliberately injuring Ms Wilson; he was endangering her life," Chris Hartley of the Crown Prosecution Service said, the BBC reported.
The disgraced anesthetist allegedly was convinced Wilson’s body was inhabited by supernatural entities — or genies — known in Arabic folklore as “jinnis” or “jinns,” prosecutors said. The exorcism was based on the Islamic Ruqyah ritual, the BBC reported.
"She was a beautiful, nice girl who became a monster who wanted to attack me," Metwally told the court, according to the British regional newspaper, GrimsbyLive.
Wilson ultimately fell into a coma after the prolonged abuse from Metwally.
Sheffield Crown Court Judge Jeremy Richardson said he’d never overseen “a more bizarre case" after Metwally’s conviction was handed down late last week.
"It is a shocking circumstance that a doctor, a medical professional, should find himself in the dock awaiting sentence on such a serious criminal charge," Richardson said.
Richardson added Metwally could expect a prison term "of some substance."
Metwally, an Egyptian national also worked in Saudi Arabia, according to reports. He met Wilson, a former nurse, in 2015, according to the BBC. She worked at a private practice Metwally operated and later took up residence with him at his Laceby Road property. The 33-year-old nurse reportedly had a history of depression and substance abuse.
Prosecutors also contended during trial proceedings that Metwally “knowingly fed” — and fueled — Wilson’s addiction. Metwally employed the use of synthetic opioids, as well as anesthetic drugs to sedate his partner. A “vast stock of drugs” were later seized from his home by law enforcement.
Metwally previously worked at the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust Foundation (NLGNFT). He was “immediately excluded” from working at the foundation following his arrest, according to Dr. Kate Wood, the trust’s medical director
He is expected to be sentenced next month.
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