NHS doctor cleared in first British FGM case

An NHS doctor has been cleared of carrying out female genital mutilation in the first British case of its kind.

Dr Dhanuson Dharmasena has been found not guilty of carrying out FGM. Credit: PA Wire

Dhanuson Dharmasena, 32, was accused of illegally stitching a woman up after she gave birth - re-doing the FGM she had as a six-tear-old in Somalia.

However, a jury took less than half an hour of deliberations to clear him of the charge.

Defence barrister Zoe Johnson QC said Dharmasena had "been hung out to dry" and forced to pay the "ultimate price" for hospital failings.

Hasan Mohamed, 41, was cleared of abetting the offence.