Rot in hell, Dr Shock – former conscript

2014-05-04 15:00

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A South African conscript who was among those treated by psychiatrist Aubrey “Dr Shock” Levin hopes Levin and ­others who claimed to “cure” homosexuals and other “deviants” will “rot in hell”.

Levin (74), who claimed to “cure” gay military ­conscripts using electroconvulsive therapy, started a five-year prison term in Canada this week.

His wife, Erica, is expected to go on trial later this year after allegedly trying to bribe a juror in her ­husband’s case.

At the time of the alleged bribe attempt in February 2013, Levin had already been convicted of sexually ­assaulting three patients and sentenced to five years, and was facing charges relating to another two molestation allegations.

After a lengthy process, Levin’s final appeal against his ­sentence was rejected last week.

Sexual abuse accusations date back more than 40 years to Grahamstown’s Fort England Psychiatric Hospital.

Says a former patient: “Many of the patients complained about him and what he did to them, but nobody listened. After all, they were crazy and he was a psychiatrist.”

Now a successful academic, she notes: “He never tried ­anything like that with me, but what he did do was give the wrong medication and taunt patients like me.”

As a military doctor with the rank of colonel, he was put in charge of Ward 22 at the military hospital at ­Voortrekkerhoogte near Pretoria.

He used “aversion therapy” on men and women accused of homosexuality, shocking them while showing them nude photographs of the same sex.

He also “treated” conscientious objector “deviants” and conscripts caught smoking dagga. These he tended to treat with narcoanalysis, which involved drugs like Sodium Pentothal, which lowers inhibitions.

When Levin was arrested in Canada in 2010, Allan Taylor, a conscript and Ward 22 patient, wrote about his ordeal.

Taylor confided in a military doctor that he might be ­drinking too much and was committed to Ward 22.

He remembers sharing the ward with young men who were accused of being homosexuals.

“The most harrowing thing was how they cried in their sleep. They cried most before and after their sessions with Levin.”

Taylor says he hopes the Ward 22 doctors “rot in hell”.

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