Kitchen circumcision appeal dismissed by Supreme Court
Court unanimous in case of B.C. man who tried to circumcise son, 4
The Supreme Court of Canada has unanimously dismissed the appeal of a British Columbia man who tried to circumcise his four-year-old son on his kitchen floor with a carpet-cutting blade.
The boy needed corrective surgery to repair the damage from the botched procedure.
In a 7-0 ruling from the bench, the justices left intact a Court of Appeal ruling convicting the man of aggravated assault and assault with a weapon.
The man — identified only as "DJW" in order to protect the child’s identity — was convicted in October 2009 of criminal negligence causing bodily harm and was acquitted on the two assault charges.
The appeal court restored convictions on the assault counts and stayed the negligence charge, conditional on a conviction for aggravated assault.
The man's appeal to the Supreme Court sought to have the assault charges thrown out, but the justices dismissed the case from the bench and said their reasons would be available in 48 hours.
Man also tried self-circumcision
During the original trial, the court was told the man felt his religious beliefs required that his son be circumcised. Doctors advised him to wait until the child was older and stronger before performing the procedure.
DJW's lawyer argued that the man took safety precautions, including extensive research on the topic of circumcision.
The man attempted to circumcise himself in 2005 and could not stop the bleeding. He had to go to an emergency room where a doctor sutured the wound.