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'risk of death' More charges brought against alleged fake medic accused of performing home circumcisions

Father-of-six from Drogheda is facing trial on all charges

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Philip Ogbewe of Greenlanes, Drogheda, Co Louth, is charged with endangerment

Philip Ogbewe of Greenlanes, Drogheda, Co Louth, is charged with endangerment

Philip Ogbewe of Greenlanes, Drogheda, Co Louth, is charged with endangerment

AN alleged fake doctor accused of endangering the lives of children by performing home circumcisions on them has had more charges brought against him.

Philip Ogbewe (57) was already alleged to have created a risk of death or serious harm to seven young boys in unlawful procedures over a 21-month period.

He has now been charged with offences relating to another two children.

The father-of-six is facing trial on all charges and the case was adjourned at Dublin District Court for the preparation of a book of evidence.

Mr Ogbewe, a Nigerian national of Greenlanes, Drogheda, Co Louth, had been charged with seven counts of endangerment.

The offences, under Section 13 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the Person Act, are alleged to have happened at locations in Finglas, Tyrellstown, Clonsilla, Kilmainham and Tallaght in Dublin, as well as in Cos Kildare and Wexford on dates in 2018 and 2019.

These seven charges allege that he intentionally or recklessly used a blade to perform home circumcisions on boys between seven months and five years, creating a substantial risk of death or serious harm.

He was also originally charged with seven counts of falsely representing to be a medical practitioner in the same incidents, contrary to Section 41 of the Medical Practitioners Act.

Mr Ogbewe is now also charged with similar offences relating to a five year old boy and an infant in Co Wexford in 2018.

Detective Garda Avril Foley of the Garda National Protective Services Bureau told Judge Bryan Smyth the accused made no reply to any of the four new charges after caution.

The DPP directed trial on indictment on all charges. Judge Smyth remanded the accused on continuing bail to appear in court on a date in January, for the service of a book of evidence.

Bail was extended to the new charges and legal aid was granted.

Previously, the court heard Mr Ogbewe replied “no comment” to the original charges.

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Under bail conditions, the accused was to provide gardai with a permanent address as well as a mobile phone number.

Mr Ogbewe must sign on at a nominated garda station three times per week, surrender his passport and undertake not to apply for any other travel document.

He is not to perform or give advice related to any sort of medical procedure, or advertise his availability for services by any means.

He is also to have no contact with any alleged injured parties or witnesses in the case.

The accused has not yet entered pleas.

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