DOC IN TROUBLE FOR BEATING UP SON IN THE UK

A Nigerian anesthetist based in the United Kingdom was suspended after he lost it and beat up his 10-year-old son.

Dr. Adekunle Okunuga, 59, caned his son with a kitchen brush for misbehaving at school and made him perform squat thrusts and stand on one leg with his arms in the air while he kicked him, according to the Daily Mail.

The boy named Child A - had been facing expulsion for swearing and stamping on an injured girl during a PE lesson. Okunuga picked up his son from school slapped and kicked him.

The consultant anesthetist destroyed Child A's games consoles before caning the boy across his open palms with a walking stick. He stopped when he became aware the boy had wounds on his hands that were bleeding. The boy was treated in hospital for cuts and bruising and was later taken temporarily into foster care.

Okunuga was arrested and convicted in September 2014 at Leamington Spa magistrates court of ill-treating a child and was sentenced to eight weeks in jail suspended for a year with a requirement to complete 160 hours of unpaid work after being found guilty of serious professional misconduct by a disciplinary panel.

Earlier this month, the order was lifted and he was deemed fit to practice medicine again after the doctor, who worked at University Hospital Coventry, admitted his behaviour was 'excessive and uncalled for'.

He blamed his conduct on his 'cultural upbringing' in Nigeria. 'My behaviour was born out of my cultural upbringing, I should have known better and I take full responsibility for my actions. If I were to witness a similar occurrence by one of my colleagues, I would be the first to speak up and take action and report it to the appropriate authorities.'

He added: 'I have been working abroad but have always given full disclosure of my sanction to all employers and the relevant medical authorities.

In giving Okunuga the all-clear to return to medicine, MPTS chairman Ms. Sharmistha Michaels said: 'Then tribunal noted that Child A was returned to Dr. Okunuga four months after the incident, and a child protection order placed on Dr. Okunuga was removed three months after this in January 2015.

'There has been no evidence of any repetition in the six-and-a-half years since the incident. Dr. Okunuga has reflected on his actions and developed significant insight into their impact since the hearing in 2015. He has been open and honest about his actions and apologised fully and sincerely.

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