Joshua Chubbs pleads guilty to charge of ad­ver­tis­ing cir­cum­ci­sion ser­vices

Charge of un­law­ful med­i­cal prac­tices dropped

The Compass - - Front page - BY CHRIS LEWIS [email protected]­n­com­

Joshua Chubbs made his first ap­pear­ance for a speedy dis­po­si­tion in the Har­bour Grace pro­vin­cial court­house on Fri­day, Aug 25.

Chubbs en­tered guilty pleas to his lesser charge of un­law­fully hold­ing out by ad­ver­tise­ment to be en­ti­tled to en­gage in med­i­cal prac­tices, un­der the Med­i­cal Act of New­found­land. Chubbs’ other charge of un­law­fully prac­tis­ing medicine with­out a li­cense was dropped due to a lack of ev­i­dence to sup­port the al­le­ga­tions laid against him, namely sug­ges­tions that Chubbs had per­formed over 50 surg­eries.

Chubbs sat qui­etly in the court­room through­out the mat­ter, oc­ca­sion­ally shak­ing his head as Crown lawyer Paul This­tle read aloud the state­ment of facts.

Dur­ing the read­ing of the facts, it was stated Chubbs ad­mit­ted to in­ves­ti­ga­tors that he did of­fer to per­form ser­vices, specif­i­cally cir­cum­ci­sion. How­ever, de­spite al­le­ga­tions, Chubbs said he did not per­form any of the ser­vices he of­fered.

The Crown went on to sug­gest to Judge Bruce Short that a fine would be the most ap­pro­pri­ate dis­po­si­tion against Chubbs, call­ing the sit­u­a­tion “pro­foundly dan­ger­ous.” Along with a $2,500-fine, the Crown also sug­gested a pe­riod of pro­ba­tion.

Chubbs’ lawyer, Rosellin Sul­li­van, was also present dur­ing the mat­ter. She sug­gested a dis­charge, not­ing no harm was done and Chubbs held no record prior to charges be­ing laid in Fe­bru­ary 2017.

“I don’t think it war­rants a con­vic­tion,” Sul­li­van said in the court­room, not­ing the me­dia at­ten­tion Chubbs had re­ceived would be enough to de­ter any fu­ture is­sues.

In March 2017, a Car­bon­ear woman told The Com­pass that Chubbs had of­fered, via Face­book Mes­sen­ger, to cir­cum­cise her son. Dur­ing the conversation, it was sug­gested that Chubbs had per­formed over 50 surg­eries; how­ever, Sul­li­van said there was no ev­i­dence to sup­port the idea that any surg­eries had taken place.

“In the po­lice re­port, there was ref­er­ence to him say­ing that he had done it in the past,” Sul­li­van said af­ter the mat­ter had been ad­journed. “There was no ev­i­dence that that hap­pened. It was not sup­ported by any­thing.”

Short said he wished to have some time to think about the mat­ter. A de­ci­sion will be made on Thurs­day, Aug. 31.

Chubbs left the court­room freely, along­side fam­ily, but de­clined to com­ment on the mat­ter. How­ever, Sul­li­van told The Com­pass she felt that drop­ping Chubbs’ first charge was a rea­son­able out­come.

Chubbs’ sen­tenc­ing is set to take place Thurs­day, Aug. 31, at 1:30 p.m., where it will be de­cided whether Chubbs will face a $2,500-fine and pro­ba­tion, or be dis­charged, as sug­gested by Sul­li­van.


Joshua Chubbs sat silently in the Har­bour Grace pro­vin­cial court­house dur­ing his first ap­pear­ance since charges were laid in Fe­bru­ary 2017.

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