Convicted surgeon 'brain damaged'

2010-06-14 22:04

Cape Town - A Western Cape orthopaedic surgeon - convicted in March of raping and indecently assaulting female patients - has brain damage, the Bellville Regional Court heard on Monday.

Sentencing proceedings for Johannes Albertus Roux Volsteedt were postponed until September 13 at the request of his defence counsel, Graham van der Spuy.

Van der Spuy told Magistrate André le Grange that Volsteedt had undergone various medical tests since his conviction in March, but that a brain scan last week revealed damage to the left lobe of his brain.

It was now necessary for Volsteedt to be examined by a neurosurgeon, to determine the extent of the damage.

Volsteedt was found guilty in March on a count of raping and indecently assaulting a patient, and 14 counts of indecently assaulting nine other female patients.

Le Grange rejected Volsteedt's contention that the woman who accused him of rape had consented to sex.

At the hearing in March, it was disclosed by prosecutor Esna Erasmus that Volsteedt had moved from the Cape to Witbank, where he had continued his practice at the Park Medical Centre.

She disclosed that he was on trial in the Witbank Regional Court on an additional three counts of indecently assaulting female patients.

Erasmus said she would present evidence in aggravation of sentence when the sentencing proceedings finally started.