Carbonear man deserves fair trial: lawyer
Woman alleges Joshua Chubbs, charged under medical act, offered to circumcise her son
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.
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.