Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

Judge adjourns doctor's trial for alleged sex assault on teen

  • Print

The fate of a former Winnipeg doctor accused of sexually assaulting a teen patient has been put on hold.

Walid Abdelhamid’s three-week trial was set to end Friday with closing arguments and potentially a verdict from the judge hearing the case. Instead, lawyers requested more time to prepare submissions and adjourned until Dec. 10.

Abdelhamid, 32, was working at Health Sciences Centre in 2009 when it is alleged he twice assaulted the then-15-year-old boy, who had suffered a serious back injury while riding a motorbike.

The now-18-year-old told court he awoke twice in the middle of the night to find Abdelhamid fondling him. Both incidents occurred when he was immobilized and being dosed with morphine for pain.

A videotaped police interview was taken in his hospital room hours after the alleged attacks. A copy of the statement was played in court and shows the boy in obvious physical discomfort hooked up to tubes as he awaits surgery.

A key issue at trial is the youth’s state of mind as a result of being medicated. Defence lawyer Marty Minuk has repeatedly suggested the young man may have been too high to comprehend what happened. But he denied that was the case, saying he knew exactly what was going on.

Abdelhamid was released on bail following his arrest only to flee the country and end up in Greece. He was arrested and deported back to Canada in May 2011 and has remained in custody since.

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

Comments are not accepted on this story because it involves young offenders or minors.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Keri Latimer looks for beauty in the dark and the spaces between the notes

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Perfect Day- Paul Buteux walks  his dog Cassie Tuesday on the Sagimay Trail in Assiniboine Forest enjoying a almost perfect  fall day in Winnipeg- Standup photo – September 27, 2011   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • Marc Gallant/Winnipeg Free Press. Local- Peregrine Falcon Recovery Project. Baby peregrine falcons. 21 days old. Three baby falcons. Born on ledge on roof of Radisson hotel on Portage Avenue. Project Coordinator Tracy Maconachie said that these are third generation falcons to call the hotel home. Maconachie banded the legs of the birds for future identification as seen on this adult bird swooping just metres above. June 16, 2004.

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Should Winnipeg control growth to deal with climate change?

View Results

Ads by Google