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Last Updated: Wednesday, 5 November, 2003, 18:11 GMT
Circumcision 'doctor' cleared
Omunnakwe Amechi
Mr Amechi was said to have been circumcising boys for eight years
A man accused of circumcising two baby boys in their mothers' front rooms after leading them to believe he was a medical doctor has been cleared.

Omunnakwe Amechi, of Goldsmith Street, Peckham, south-east London, was found not guilty at Woolwich Crown Court on 30 October of two charges of unlawful wounding and two deception charges.

The 53-year-old had denied the charges.

Prosecutor Mark Wyeth had told the court there were no formal rules governing circumcision and it was not regulated by the General Medical Council or anyone else.

The court heard that Mr Amechi had been regularly circumcising young boys since 1995 and had encountered complications in only two of them.

He had been advised by the local health commission not to let his doctorate be confused with a medical qualification by prospective clients in correspondence or advertising.

Mr Amechi said: "I have never told anyone I'm a medical doctor, and I would not."


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