Car­bon­ear man de­serves fair trial: lawyer

Woman al­leges Joshua Chubbs, charged un­der med­i­cal act, of­fered to cir­cum­cise her son

The Compass - - News - BY CHRIS LEWIS — With files from Rosie Mul­la­ley/The Tele­gram

The lawyer for a Car­bon­ear man charged with prac­tis­ing med­i­cal pro­ce­dures with­out a li­cence says peo­ple shouldn’t jump to con­clu­sions be­fore mat­ters are proven in court.

Joshua Chubbs, 23, is charged un­der the Med­i­cal Act of New­found­land for en­gag­ing in med­i­cal prac­tice with­out a li­cence from June 1 to Oct. 15, 2016. He’s also ac­cused of ad­ver­tis­ing those ser­vices from Dec. 1-16.

St. John’s lawyer Johnathan McDonald says wait for the trial.

A Car­bon­ear woman says she was the first per­son to bring Joshua Chubbs’ al­leged med­i­cal prac­tices to the at­ten­tion of lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

Charges were laid against Chubbs, 23, on Feb. 20. His first ap­pear­ance in court is sched­uled for April 12.

The woman, who re­quested to re­main anony­mous, told The Com­pass Chubbs had been a friend of hers for a lit­tle over two years. She met him when she moved to the area in 2014.

She says she be­gan to re­ceive mes­sages from Chubbs’ Face­book Mes­sen­ger ac­count. The woman re­cently shared screen­shots of them with The Com­pass.

In those mes­sages, she said, the sender asked if she was ex­cited to see her chil­dren af­ter be­ing away from them.

Then the con­ver­sa­tion took an odd turn, she al­leges, with the mes­sage, “I know thi(s) may be an odd ques­tion, but with (her son), does he get many wa­ter in­fec­tion(s) do you find?” and ques­tions about how she cleaned her son’s pri­vate ar­eas.

In one mes­sage, which the woman shared with The Com­pass, the sender wrote, “(J)ust be­cause I am a mor­ti­cian by trade don’t mean I don’t do any­thing els(e) . ..”

“At this point, I needed to know ex­actly what he was up to, so I pried a bit more; made him think I was in­ter­ested,” the woman told The Com­pass.

She says that led to ques­tions from the sender on whether or not her son was cir­cum­cised.

Ac­cord­ing to the woman, the per­son mes­sag­ing her claimed to have trained in pe­di­atric urol­ogy and claimed to have done cir­cum­ci­sions in the past - more than 50, over the course of a few years - but never any­thing more than a cir­cum­ci­sion.

She al­leges that when she ques­tioned his cre­den­tials, the per­son said he could show the woman in per­son, as he did not want to take a photo of the doc­u­ments to send through Face­book Mes­sen­ger.

The woman al­leges the per­son of­fered a con­sul­ta­tion meet­ing with her and her son as well as an ex­am­i­na­tion, which could be done at ei­ther her home or his, stat­ing he was “all about mak­ing the child com­fort­able.”

The con­ver­sa­tion on a light note, ask­ing to catch up some­time soon to “sing a few tunes.”

It was at that point she con­tacted lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

She says they first dis­missed the call as a strange joke.

She per­sisted how­ever, with a sec­ond call, which led to an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

She says she pro­vided screen­shots of the mes­sages on her phone, and for­warded them to an of­fi­cer with the Har­bour Grace RCMP de­tach­ment.

McDonald told The Tele­gram last Wed­nes­day that his client is aware of the mag­ni­tude of the charges he’s fac­ing, but points out that they are al­le­ga­tions.

“And no mat­ter what the al­le­ga­tions are, an in­di­vid­ual fac­ing crim­i­nal charges is pre­sumed in­no­cent,” said McDonald, who would not dis­cuss de­tails of the case.

“That’s what the court process is for.”

McDonald, who is orig­i­nally from Car­bon­ear, said he un­der­stands how ru­mours can spread, es­pe­cially in a small town, and he’s try­ing to help Chubbs deal with that.

“I’ll be work­ing hard to make him un­der­stand that no mat­ter what’s said or no mat­ter who is talk­ing about him, it does not im­pact the right and fair­ness he’s af­forded,” McDonald said.

TC ME­DIA FILE PHOTO

Joshua Chubbs of Car­bon­ear, shown here per­form­ing on bag­pipes dur­ing the town’s Me­mo­rial Day cer­e­mony last year, faces mul­ti­ple charges un­der the pro­vin­cial Med­i­cal Act.

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