February 8, 2013
Nurse spared jail for killing baby in botched circumcision
A nurse who caused the death of a baby in a botched home circumcision has been spared jail.
Grace Adeleye, 67, carried out the procedure using scissors, forceps and olive oil and without anaesthetic in Chadderton, Oldham, in April 2010.
Four-week-old Goodluck Caubergs bled to death before he could reach hospital the following day.
Adeleye, who was found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence, was given a suspended jail sentence.
A judge at Manchester Crown Court ordered her to serve 21 months in jail, suspended for 24 months.
She was also given a six-month overnight curfew [apparently her only "penalty"] and a 12-month supervision order.
Goodluck's parents said after sentencing "not for one minute" did they think the procedure would cause him harm.
In a statement they described his death as "having a nightmare that we could not wake up from".
"The sadness we feel does not seem to ease. We have now just grown to live with the pain of our son's death rather than it subsiding."
Det Insp Darren Meeks from Greater Manchester Police said the case in which a young baby lost his life in such a "tragic and unnecessary manner" was "heartbreaking".
"Although Adeleye was a registered nurse, she carried out the surgery at the parents' home, using a historic, crude and dangerous method, with inappropriate instruments."
[If it had been any other operation, would she have escaped imprisonment?]