Baby died after botched circumcision, jury told

Pat Hurst
Monday 26 November 2012 22:40

A four-week-old boy bled to death after a botched home circumcision by a nurse, a court heard yesterday.

Grace Adeleye carried out the procedure without anaesthetic and using only a pair of scissors, forceps and olive oil, Manchester Crown Court heard, and Goodluck Caubergs died the following day.

The 66-year-old nurse and the child's parents were originally from Nigeria, where the circumcision of newborns was the tradition for Christian families, the jury heard.

Ms Adeleye, also a midwife, was paid £100 to do the operation as Goodluck's parents were not aware that the procedure was available on the NHS. By the time an ambulance was called the child could not be saved. Ms Adeleye, of Salford, Greater Manchester, denies manslaughter by gross negligence.

Adrian Darbishire QC, for the prosecution, told the jury: "The allegation essentially here is that the care she provided in the course of that procedure was so bad that not only did it cause the death of that young baby wholly unnecessarily, but it amounted to gross negligence and a crime." The case continues.

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