Friday, 18 December 2009

Ex-Bega doctor faces 52 more charges

 From the Sydney Morning Herald Newspaper, Australia
December 15, 2009
"Former doctor Graeme Reeves appeared in court today, facing 52 more charges in regard to sexual assault, bodily harm and fraud offences. The new charges, which involve as many as 21 incidents, date back to 1989.
The previous set of more of than 100 charges Mr Reeves faces were all related to offences allegedly committed between 2001 and 2003.

Mr Reeves's bail was continued during a brief appearance at Parramatta Local Court just after midday"
Nine officers from Strike Force Tarella sat in the court, across the room from Mr Reeves, who sat quietly.
Also tendered in court today was a 180-page fact sheet relating to the new charges.
Included among the new allegations were 17 fraud charges.

"These fraud allegations basically flow from an allegation that he was not entitled to practise as an obstetrician,” Mr Murray told magistrate Vivian Swain. (my emphasis)

Known as the Butcher of Bega, "Mr Reeves, 59, is already charged with nine counts of aggravated sexual assault, six of indecent assault, one of genital mutilation and one of maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm. The charges relate to 10 women on whom he operated between 2001 and 2003 while working at Bega on the NSW South Coast and in Richmond, in Sydney's north-west.
He has waived his right to a committal hearing and has yet to make a formal plea.
Strike Force Tarella has been investigating allegations of sexual assault, medical misconduct and genital mutilation involving Mr Reeves since it was formed in February 2008".

Midwife Maggie-Lecky Thompson, supported thousands of women and their families to birth their babies safely at home.  Maggie was de-registered in 1998 largely on the testimony of the now notorious Dr. Reeves, the Butcher of Bega.

What else don't we know about those who argue against midwifery care and seek to limit women's choices about who they choose to birth with and where they have their babies?  Who are these expert doctors who fight against women being given support by highly skilled and talented midwives, like Maggie, who provide excellent midwifery care throughout the childbearing period; care that is respectful, individual, one to one and valued by women and their families.

As Kelly from BellyBelly forum says  "Isn't it amazing that even with his rap sheet, there's still no justice for a homebirth midwife who supported thousands of families to have safe homebirths".



I wonder what dynamic doctor 3am thinks about this? 

Ex-Bega doctor faces 52 more charges

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