The Vancouver Sun - March 26, 2010
One year in jail for Metro Vancouver man who circumcised son at home
By ANDREA WOO | VANCOUVER SUN
METRO VANCOUVER — A Metro Vancouver man who circumcised his four-year-old son at home with a razor blade and blood coagulant meant for horses was sentenced Thursday to one year in jail followed by two years probation.
The man, identified only as DJW due to a publication ban, was found guilty in B.C. Supreme Court in October of criminal negligence causing bodily harm.
On Wednesday, prosecutor Daniel Porte called for a jail term of 12 to 24 months followed by three years probation.
In April 2007, the man gave his son, DJ, honey wine before placing him on garbage bags on the kitchen floor. DJW then cut away the boy's foreskin with a razor blade.
As his son cried, the man sprinkled on him Wonder Dust, a blood coagulant meant for horses.
According to a summary of the case in Justice Marion Allan's October 2009 ruling, DJW, a former Jehovah's Witness, had told DJ the procedure would grant him "extra special protection from God" and allow him to eat Passover lamb, ice cream and pick all the movies he wanted for a week.
DJ eventually had to be taken to hospital, where the circumcision was completed.
DJW initially claimed a religious exemption but dropped the argument based on the judge's finding that the procedure wasn't performed with reasonable care, his former lawyer, Doug Christie told The Vancouver Sun in October.
The summary of the case also noted that in late 2004 or early 2005, DJW circumcised himself, using Band-Aids, peroxide and a roll of gauze and a clear plastic ring, which he believed would act as an anesthetic. The procedure left his penis infected.
DJ and his sister now live with their mother and DJW is banned from seeing them.
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