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Sex abuse doctor may have dementia

2012-10-05 10:09

Johannesburg - The wife of former South African military psychiatrist Aubrey Levin, who faces 10 charges of sexually abusing his patients in Canada, has told a pre-trial hearing he cannot remember any assaults.

According to his wife Erica, who testified in court in Calgary this week during a hearing to determine her husband's competence to stand trial, his mental health had deteriorated drastically since his arrest in 2010, Beeld reported on Friday.

Levin said he remembered only sketchy details of patient's names, and claimed to not understand any of the charges brought against him.

During his time as the head of the psychiatric division at 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria, Levin headed a controversial programme to "cure" homosexuals by electrocuting them.

He moved to Canada in 1994, and now faces charges of sexually abusing at least 10 former patients, most of whom were convicted prisoners who received counselling from Levin on behalf of the state.

According to the Calgary Herald, Canadian academic Dr Lilian Thorpe testified Levin was suffering from cognitive dementia and possibly also Alzheimer's disease.

Erica Levin told the court her husband had deteriorated to the point where she had to help him put his pants on in the morning. At the close of proceedings on Thursday, Levin put on his own jacket and coat.

Comments
  • sanchez.sancho.7 - 2012-10-05 10:22

    How convenient

      junebugg.kinte - 2012-10-05 11:36

      You creepy old man,you are ruining other people's chances of getting refugee status in Canada *rolling eyes*

  • koko.sandy.75 - 2012-10-05 10:24

    Go go canadians,exploit all of them. it is the price of greener pastures @ other side and it pays them damn well.

  • Antipoaching - 2012-10-05 10:38

    lock the fool up in a "Mental Health Facility" for the rest of his (un)natural life!

      Antipoaching - 2012-10-05 10:41

      Interesting that he tried to "cure" homosexuals in the SADF and is now charged with sexually abusing male patients.......

      azande.futhi - 2012-10-05 10:45

      propably the demonic spirits he was tempring with got into him.

      lynette.venter.12 - 2012-10-05 11:08

      Antipoaching - it was probably contagious :P

  • sarah.bouttell - 2012-10-05 10:40

    It would not be the 1st time a health professional (I use the term loosely) has managed to display the symptoms of mental heath problems. They are reasonably easy to mimic for short periods of time, but the *symptoms* tend to fade in severity after normal life resumes. They go hand in hand with the amnesia he seems to be experiencing, when asked about certain events which he is being accused of...

  • stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-05 10:46

    Is this dowwe.duane the ex Saffa doctor in Canada?

  • flysouth - 2012-10-05 10:55

    Lying scum

  • shaik.spear.1 - 2012-10-05 11:07

    what a load of bull! His mental health worsened after the case was opened! Show him no mercy! He has been toying with genitals since his SADF days! Lock him up with sex offenders that will sort his memory loss problems out? It seems as if he was that way inclined from his young days, surely his wife can confirm this! Or is it a case that liability insurance wont cover and he will loose his personal wealth if sued!

  • napolita.kio - 2012-10-05 11:11

    Wow....so why so few comments? :) Com'on boys and girls, I know you can do this!

  • juan.botes.75 - 2012-10-05 11:19

    Cut his pennis off and make him an example

  • eric.martinsich - 2012-10-05 11:31

    How about a judge forgets and sentences him to hang and afterwards says, Oh I forgot. We not suppose to hang. I had Dementia at the time of sentencing. It is always a Doctor, Lawyer, Politician etc that after committing a crime all of a sudden has some or other illness. Well keep him locked in a place where he cannot get out.

  • jackie.m.dickson - 2012-10-05 12:02

    Nice slant on an illness plea??? But that only works in SA? Dont think Canada will fall for it.....they kinda take the law seriously.

  • aphiwe.mayola - 2012-10-05 12:04

    Lmao @ the last sentence sumin about how he put on his own jacket n coat @ the close of proceedings. Lol! Reli!?!

  • liz.rudy.3 - 2012-10-05 12:17

    I think that where a mental medical condition can be proven, that it should be taken into consideration. I am by no means saying he should not be punished, however, placing him in a cell, if he is indeed mentally ill, is not right either. Instead, he should serve his sentence in a mental hospital, just like his patients. Before you blast me with he deserves hell because of what he did, I agree, but at the end of the day, two wrongs do not make a right. Of course, if he is not mentally ill, go directly to jail, do not pass go and do not collect $ 200. My sympathies to those people who were affected by this man's actions while he was practicing at One Military Hospital during Apartheid.

      jackie.m.dickson - 2012-10-05 12:31

      Nope! Zero tolerance. If he is mentally ill then he is getting off lightly. I really dont think he should be handled any differently to a normal crim. Prolly most of the inmates have a mental illness of some type anyway - how else do they accept their actions? I am not saying that anyone with a mental illness is a criminal though..be very clear on that. Someone with his knowledge knows exactly how to fake it too...how would we ever know if its true?

      phoenix.px.5 - 2012-10-05 13:40

      He FORCED about 900 gay guys to have sex changes against their will!!! MANY of them killed themselves. He did experiments with chemical castration, shock therapy and so on. He deserves no sympathy whatsoever.

  • kitty.vanjaarsveld - 2012-10-05 12:19

    Shame he cannot remember to put on his pants but he remembers to put on his jacket. Rubbish, just a stunt not to get him convicted, now he is an old man, feel sorry for him. Put the b...rd behind bars, think of his poor patients that was abused....

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