IRELAND.COM, Friday, 7 October 2005.

Man cleared over circumcision death


A 31-year-old Nigerian man has been found not-guilty of reckless endangerment in relation to a circumcision that resulted in the death of a four-week-old baby boy in Waterford city two years ago.

Mr Osagie Igbinedion was found not guilty by a jury of 10 men and two women at Waterford Circuit Court this afternoon.

He was accused of intentionally or recklessly engaging in conduct, by performing a circumcision with a razor blade, which created a substantial risk of death or serious harm to 30-day-old Callis Osaghie.

Judge Kevin Haugh, directed the jury saying that they could not bring their white western values to bear when they were deciding this case.

The case was the first of its kind in Ireland.

(File created 8 October 2005)