Geraldine Kelly prosecutes Doctor convicted of poisoning his partner in exorcism rituals

John Elvidge QC and Geraldine Kelly prosecuted Dr. Hossam Metwally, an anaesthetist based at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby.

Over the course of 4 years, he repeatedly administered Propofol/Ketamine/Diazemuls/Fentanyl to his partner, intravenously via a cannula, whilst purporting to exorcise her body of evil spirits. The exorcism rituals were video recorded and saved in over 250 video files.

His partner nearly died following the final exorcism ritual on 3/4 July 2019, when she was admitted to hospital in a coma and where she suffered multi-organ failure.  Dr. Hossam Metwally had failed to call an ambulance for his partner, despite the fact she was gravely ill.

A search of his home revealed a large number of drugs that should not be used outside a clinical setting, namely propofol, fentanyl, diazemuls and ketamine.  In addition, Dr. Hossam Metwally had been writing false prescriptions to obtain drugs for himself and his partner, using identities of his family members/his partner’s family members and in the name of an evil spirit.

He was convicted of 3 counts of administering a noxious substance likely so as to endanger life (section 23 Offences against the Person Act), 1 count of supplying a class A drug, 1 count of supplying a class C drug, 1 count of supplying a class B drug, 1 count of possession of a class A drug with intent to supply, 1 count of supplying a specified medicinal product other than in accordance with a prescription.  He changed his plea to guilty to 1 count of fraud half way through the defence case.

He was remanded into custody and will be sentenced on 20th September 2021.

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