Anesthesiologist who injected drugs into his partner during jailed “exorcisms”


A hospital anesthesiologist who injected drugs into her partner in a series of exorcism ceremonies, leaving her near death with multiple organ failure, has been jailed for 14 and a half years.

Hossam Metwally, 61, has made dozens of video recordings of himself administering fluids through a cannula to Kelly Wilson while singing as part of a “dangerous perversion” of the Islamic Ruqya ritual.

Ms Wilson was found at Metwally’s home in Grimsby, north-east Lincolnshire on July 4, 2019 in a deep coma, on the verge of cardiac arrest and with a fluid line inserted into her chest after suffering engaged in an exorcism ritual the night before.

Metwally, who worked at the town’s Diana Princess of Wales Hospital and also ran a pain clinic from her home, denied injecting Ms Wilson with anesthetics during an eight-week trial at Sheffield Crown Court, but admitted other counts of voyeurism against two patients. following his conviction.

The court heard on Monday that it had taken photos and moving images of the women, unwittingly and undressed, as they went to his clinic for treatment.

He also edited some images to make them look indecent and erotic.

Judge Jeremy Richardson QC, the Sheffield Recorder, said: “You are a disgrace to your profession. You won’t be a doctor for very long. I hope you will never be a doctor again.

“You have perverted medical practice for your own ends.

“You are not a very good doctor either because, in these perverse practices, you almost killed the woman you said you loved.”

Metwally graduated as a doctor in Egypt and worked in Saudi Arabia before coming to the UK in 1996 and Grimsby in 1999.

He met Ms Wilson, now 33, around 2013 when she was a nursing student. The jury heard that she had a history of depression and her health deteriorated, so she stopped working as a nurse.

Metwally had a “vast stock of drugs” at his home in Laceby Road, including ampoules of ketamine, propofol, fentanyl and Diazemuls.

The lawsuit learned he had “fed” Ms Wilson’s drug addiction and administered life-threatening anesthetic drugs to perform Muslim exorcism rituals known as Ruqya – a valid practice that an imam told court no would never involve drugs or sedation.

Judge Richardson described Metwally as a “religious fanatic” and said the rituals he performed on Ms Wilson were “sham religious acts”.

He said, “You may in a perverse way think you are helping the woman you claim to love, but you have done it in a bizarre way through botched medical procedures and the administration of powerful drugs that regularly put her life in danger and, on at least one occasion, nearly killed her.

“It was all done under the guise of religious practice. It was entirely bogus. What you did had nothing to do with a legitimate Islamic religious ritual.

Excerpts from 200 clips recorded by Metwally over four years were presented to the jury.

They included images of Ms Wilson tied to a bed, in a bath, and a white liquid being administered – sometimes using an electronic device.

In a 2016 clip, Metwally can be heard singing and after reviving her partner with scent salts, she asks “did you rape me? and ask the police.

Justice Richardson told Metwally: “Your conduct was willful, persistent and repeated. It was extremely dangerous to do like you.

“You were a doctor at the time and misused your medical skills, as they were, in a perverse and illegitimate way.

“Plus, you were in an abusive relationship with a vulnerable woman who was infatuated with you.

“You exploited her vulnerability and exposed her to great physical danger.”

Judge Richardson said Metwally displayed “not the slightest remorse” and “displayed great arrogance” during the trial.

He described the case as “both very serious and utterly bizarre” and said he had never been involved in a lawsuit like this in his 41-year legal career.

Chief Detective Inspector Rhodri Troake of Humberside Police said: “The offenses committed by Dr Metwally were extremely serious and an abuse of his position and the trust his victims had in him.

“He is now exactly in his place in prison.”

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