‘Religious fanatic’ doctor who almost killed partner in bogus exorcism is jailed

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Hossam Metwally was sentenced to 14-and-a-half years in prison - MEN Media
Hossam Metwally was sentenced to 14-and-a-half years in prison - MEN Media

A “religious fanatic” doctor has been branded a “disgrace to the profession” as he was jailed for 14-and-a-half years for nearly killing his partner during an exorcism.

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

His partner, now 33, was left close to death at Metwally’s home in Grimsby, Lincolnshire, where she was found on July 4 2019, the morning after the ritual.

She was rushed to hospital in a deep coma and on the brink of cardiac arrest with multiple organ failure.

Metwally, an anaesthetist who worked at the town’s Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital and ran a pain clinic from his home, met Ms Wilson when she was a student nurse eight years ago.

Kelly Wilson was rushed to hospital in a deep coma and on the brink of cardiac arrest with multiple organ failure - MEN Media
Kelly Wilson was rushed to hospital in a deep coma and on the brink of cardiac arrest with multiple organ failure - MEN Media

During an eight-week trial at Sheffield Crown Court, he denied injecting anaesthetics into Ms Wilson, but admitted further counts of voyeurism against two female patients following his conviction.

The court heard on Monday that he took pictures and videos of the women, without their knowledge and undressed, when they attended his clinic for treatment. He also altered some of the images to make them appear indecent and erotic.

Metwally, who qualified as a doctor in Egypt and worked in Saudi Arabia before coming to the UK in 1996, had a “vast stock of drugs” at his home, including ampoules of ketamine, propofol, fentanyl and Diazemuls.

The trial heard that he “fed” Ms Wilson’s drug addiction and administered potentially lethal anaesthetic drugs to perform Islamic exorcism rituals known as Ruqyah, a valid practice that an imam told the court would never involve drugs or sedation.

Extracts from 200 video clips recorded by Metwally over four years were shown to the jury, including Ms Wilson strapped to a bed and in a bath.

‘A disgrace to your profession’

Judge Jeremy Richardson QC, the Recorder of Sheffield, said: “You are a disgrace to your profession. You will not be a doctor for very much longer. I trust you will never, ever be a doctor again.

“You perverted medical practice for your own ends. You are also not a very good doctor because, in these perverted practices, you very nearly killed the woman you said you loved.”

The judge labelled Metwally a “religious fanatic” who had displayed “not a shred of remorse”, adding he had never seen a trial like it during his 41-year legal career.

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