Anaesthetist who injected partner with drugs in ‘exorcisms’ is jailed

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A hospital anesthetist who left his partner on the verge of death with multiple organ failure was jailed for 14 and a half years after injecting drugs during a series of exorcism.

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Hosam Metwali, 61, gave fluids through a cannula to 33-year-old Kelly Wilson, as part of a “dangerous perversion” of the Islamic Ruqya test.

Ms Wilson was found in a deep coma on the verge of cardiac arrest with a fluid line inserted across her chest at Metwley’s home in Grimsby on July 4, 2019 – a day after she had attended an exorcism.


Metvli, who recorded dozens of videos of the act, denied injecting anesthetics into his partner during an eight-week trial at Sheffield Crown Court.

He met Ms. Wilson around 2013, when she was a student nurse. However, having a history of depression and suffering from deteriorating health, she stopped working within the role.

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The court heard Metvli – whose home stocked a variety of drugs including ampoules of ketamine, propofol and fentanyl – “fed” Ms Wilson’s drug addiction.

Judge Jeremy Richardson QC accused him of having a “perverted medical practice”. [his] end of himself” and almost killing his partner.

He said: “You are a disgrace to your profession. You will not be a doctor for very long. I am sure you will never be a doctor again.”

The court heard how the anesthetist administered a potentially lethal drug to be performed under the guise of a religious practice, which an imam said would never involve drugs or sedation.

Judge Richardson said: “It may be the case that, in some perverse way, you believed that you were helping the woman you claim to love, but you went about it strangely through poor medical procedures.” And went by the administration of powerful drugs that regularly put his life at risk and, on at least one occasion, nearly killed him.

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

Nearly 200 clips recorded by Metvli over four years were presented to the jury, and included footage of Ms. Wilson strapped to her bed, in a bath, and of the white liquid being administered.

Judge Richardson said Metwali’s conduct was “deliberate, persistent and repeated”, adding that he took advantage of Ms Wilson’s vulnerability and exposed her to “great physical danger” and displayed “no shed of remorse”.

The judge described the case as “very serious and utterly bizarre” and said he had never been involved in such a trial during his 41-year legal career.

Metwali, who worked at Diana Princess of Wales Hospital, also ran a pain relief clinic from her home. The court heard that he took photographs of women without their knowledge and without their clothes and took moving pictures of them when they went to his clinic for treatment.

He accepted a count of voyeurism against two female patients following his conviction.


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