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Former anaesthetist found guilty of poisoning his partner during exorcism rituals

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An experienced doctor has been found guilty of poisoning his partner as part of an exorcism ritual.

Dr Hossam Metwally, 52, administered potentially lethal anaesthetics to Kelly Wilson, leaving her in a deep coma on the brink of cardiac arrest, after believing she was possessed by the devil.

He was found guilty yesterday (5 August 2021) at Sheffield Crown Court of poisoning Ms Wilson. He was also convicted of supplying controlled drugs, fraud by false representation, and supplying medicines otherwise than in accordance with a prescription. He has also pleaded guilty to two offences of voyeurism.

On 4 July 2019, Ms Wilson, a former trainee nurse, was taken by ambulance to the Accident and Emergency Department of the Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby. She was critically ill and admitted to the Intensive Care Unit, where she was put on a ventilator. The medical team feared she may suffer total organ failure and die.

Paramedics called by a concerned relative had found Ms Wilson in a deep coma at the home in Grimsby she shared with Dr Metwally. She had a fentanyl patch on her shoulder and a cannula had been inserted in her chest.

The medical team diagnosed multiple organ failure due to the administration of drugs, and were at a loss to understand why Dr Metwally, an experienced medical professional, had delayed so long in presenting Ms Wilson for treatment. The matter was referred to the police.

The police investigation revealed that Dr Metwally had been supplying and administering a range of anaesthetic drugs to his partner, as well as performing a Muslim exorcism ritual on her, known as Ruqya. His administration of potentially lethal anaesthetic drugs and the use of restraints during the ritual were his own dangerous perversions of this ritual.

Chris Hartley from the CPS said: “Dr Metwally is a dangerous man. He not only cruelly and deliberately exploited the vulnerabilities of his partner, he also abused his position as a doctor to obtain controlled drugs, and encouraged her to become intoxicated with them. In doing so he rendered her completely powerless.

“By administering powerful anaesthetic and sedative drugs outside the safety of a hospital setting he was not only deliberately injuring Ms Wilson; he was endangering her life.

“He is now facing the prospect of a lengthy term in prison, reflecting the gravity of his offending.”

Notes to editors

  • Chris Hartley is a Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Yorkshire & Humberside
  • Hossam Metwally (DOB: 20/8/68)
  • Charges:
    • Administering poison/ or other noxious thing so as to endanger life x 3 
    • Supply controlled drug x 3
    • Supply a specified medicinal product otherwise than in accordance with a prescription
    • Fraud by false representation
  • Hossam Metwally will be sentenced next month.

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