St. An­thony doc­tor charged with mul­ti­ple counts of as­sault

Ahmed Mo­hammed Abaza has pled not guilt

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ST. AN­THONY, NL – St. An­thony-based pae­di­a­tri­cian Ahmed Mo­hamed Abaza has pled not guilty to five charges of as­sault and three charges of as­sault with a weapon or im­i­ta­tion.

He has been ordered by the court to not make con­tact with the vic­tim, ex­cept through a lawyer. His plea in court was con­ducted on Tues­day, Oct. 3, and a vari­a­tion took place Oct. 4.

In the vari­a­tion, Abaza has been al­lot­ted con­di­tions that al­low him to leave the province but not with­out first in­form­ing the po­lice be­fore he leaves and re­turns.

In an emailed re­sponse from Labrador-Gren­fell Health (LGH), CEO Bar­bara Blake said that LGH is aware a mem­ber of its staff has been charged with crim­i­nal of­fences, but the Health Au­thor­ity has de­ter­mined that the charges are as­so­ci­ated with a pri­vate and per­sonal mat­ter.

In the re­sponse, Blake says the charges “have no bear­ing or im­pact on the per­for­mance of the em­ployee’s du­ties and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.”

Abaza’s next court ap­pear­ance is sched­uled for April 8, 2018, in St. An­thony.

LGH will con­tinue to mon­i­tor the process of the pro­vin­cial court pro­ceed­ings.

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