"Doctor" Carl Christopher Nqumayo sexually assaulted four patients
Appeal by gynecologist convicted of sex assault denied
Last Updated: April 1, 2010 1:41pm
FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – An Alberta gynecologist convicted of sexually assaulting four of his patients while they were receiving vaginal examinations had an appeal dismissed this week.
Carl Christopher Nqumayo was convicted in February 2009 of four counts of sexual assault against patients while he was an obstetrician/gynecologist at the Thickwood Heights Family Medical Clinic. Nqumayo was found guilty of using his fingers to make an in-and-out motion in patients’ vaginas during examinations that went beyond the consent given to a doctor during an exam.
He was sentenced to 54 months in prison in March 2009, which was reduced to a 36-month sentence in consideration of time already served.
This week, a court of three judges dismissed an appeal by Nqumayo’s defence that claimed Justice Sterling Sanderman had wrongly refused to accept the evidence of expert witness Terri Fisher, a PhD of experimental/developmental psychology, when considering his verdict.
Fisher testified at the trial about several psychological processes that could have influenced patients into thinking sexual activity had occurred when it had not. She said that Nqumayo’s manner towards his patients, which was described as being very friendly, could have “primed” the patients into thinking something sexual was occurring in a routine internal vaginal examination.
The Alberta Court of Appeal in Edmonton ruled Sanderman had made the correct decision in his ruling by not considering Fisher’s testimony.
No change was made to his sentence and Nqumayo remains in custody. During the trial, Sanderman said in his sentencing Nqumayo will not able to practice as a doctor in Canada again.
Initally, Carl Christopher Nqumayo was thought to be from Nigeria. Our readers have informed us that Carl Christopher Nqumayo is from Zambia.