Joshua Chubbs receives conditional discharge
Must comply with 12-month probation order
Joshua Chubbs received a conditional discharge last Thursday paired with a oneyear probation order.
Chubbs, 23, left the Harbour Grace provincial courthouse alongside friends and family, and lawyer Rosellen Sullivan.
Chubbs was originally charged in February of 2017 following reports that he had offered a Carbonear woman a circumcision for her sevenyear-old son, performed by Chubbs.
On Aug. 24, Chubbs plead guilty to a single charge of unlawfully holding out by advertisement to be entitled to engage in medical practices under the Medical Act of Newfoundland and Labrador. Chubbs’ second charge of unlawfully practicing medicine without a license was dropped due to a lack of evidence.
During the agreed statement of facts read during a prior appearance Aug. 24, it was stated that Chubbs, during an investigation, admitted to offering his services, however, despite what could be read in Facebook messages sent by Chubbs’ Facebook account, did not perform any surgeries.
During Chubbs’ first appearance, crown lawyer Paul Thistle suggested a fine of $2,500 along with a period of probation. Sullivan, however, felt as though a conditional discharge was appropriate, noting Chubbs’ willingness to participate throughout the matter, also adding that the significant media coverage and public’s response to the case would likely be enough to stray Chubbs away from re-offending.
During his decision Friday afternoon, Judge Bruce Short ultimately decided that a conditional discharge, along with 12 months probation was appropriate. During the probationary period, Chubbs is to complete 40 hours of community service.
Short specifically mentioned the fact that there was no evidence to support claims that Chubbs had performed any surgeries, going on to say that there was no physical harm that came as a result of Chubbs’ advertising.
“Rumours and speculation have been rampant ever since this matter became public,” Short said during his decision. “However, this court runs on facts, and not rumours. The facts of the matter are that there was no proof to suggest any surgeries were completed, or that anyone was harmed.”
Short also went on to say that Chubbs’ offering of the services was disconcerting to the court, although there was no evidence to suggest Chubbs ever acted out on his offers. As a result, Short suggested Chubbs take advantage of counseling services.
Chubbs remained silent throughout the decision.
Along with 40 hours of community service, Chubbs received orders to remain out of contact with the woman who originally brought the matter to the attention of the Harbour Grace RCMP detachment, as well as any of her immediate family. A $100 victim fine surcharge was also included in the decision.
Chubbs exited the courthouse without comment; however, Sullivan spoke with The Compass following Short’s decision. She says she is satisfied with the outcome of the case.
“I am satisfied, for sure,” Sullivan said. “I think it was a favourable outcome. I think my client feels good, knowing that he can finally put all of this behind him.”
Chubbs, left, appeared in the Harbour Grace provincial courthouse twice throughout the matter, both times accompanied by friends and family.