Man stalks doctor for teste removal
A MAN who was unhappy with an operation in which his testicle was removed has pleaded guilty to stalking the medical practitioner who performed the surgery.
The 45-year-old man was arrested on January 3 after visiting the surgeon's home for a third time and was found with emasculators – used to castrate livestock – cable ties fashioned into a restraining device and two knives, among other items.
The man was a patient of the surgeon from 2008 to 2009, when he received a hernia operation.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said the man had signed a release form and was warned the operation risked the removal of his testicle, which the surgeon decided was necessary in his case.
Weeks later, the surgeon's wife found the man near her garage talking to her four-year-old son before he fled the scene in his red Hyundai Excel.
On January 2, about 4.30pm, the man went back to the surgeon's home and questioned his wife about the whereabouts of the doctor.
“The witness informed her husband and they were concerned both for their own safety and their children,” Sgt Stevens said.
The man left before police arrived.
The court was told the doctor relocated his family to another house for the night because he was concerned for their safety.
But at 5.30am the next day, the defendant returned and knocked vigorously on the door for 20 to 25 minutes, waking the doctor and his neighbours.
When police arrived, the man had left, but he returned within the hour and was arrested.
Sgt Stevens said the man told police he did not want to harm the doctor, but wanted to talk to him about how he was a “butcher and should have his licence removed and the same operation performed on him”.
He said the man had also told another doctor at Bundaberg Hospital he would “throttle” the surgeon.
Defence lawyer Matt Messenger said his client had been living in his car for about 12 months after the breakdown of his 20-year marriage.
“He wanted to confront the doctor because he felt he had been wronged,” he said.
“(The man) is someone who needs help and some form of supervision.”
Mr Messenger said the defendant was the father of seven children and had worked in several professions but was currently unemployed.
Under the advice of a probation parole employee, Magistrate Jennifer Batts ordered the man to have mental health tests before she would hand down a sentence.
He has been remanded in custody until February 25, when the matter is expected to proceed.