Chiropractor’s sentencing adjourned until November 16

Attorney says Jemal Khan has a mental disorder

Dr. Jemal Khan
Jemal Khan

Justice Charles Quin heard submissions on Wednesday afternoon concerning the charges to which chiropractor Jemal Khan pleaded guilty last month. Justice Quin adjourned sentencing until 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16.

Khan pleaded guilty on Sept. 30 to nine counts of indecent assault on female patients and two counts of insulting behavior, taking photographs of two patients without their consent. All offenses occurred in the course of treatment. Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Patrick Moran detailed the offenses, victim by victim, and read from their impact statements. He noted that the offenses occurred between August 2014 and February 2016. He said they came to light because of the courage of one woman who reported the matter to medical authorities and then to police in March 2016. Careful investigation and a police press release resulted in more women coming forward.

Defense attorney Laura Larner told the court that Khan had qualified as a chiropractor in Canada in 1996 and came to Cayman in 1998. He was remorseful for his actions and hoped that the women who were harmed by his actions would accept his apology so that they could gain closure and put “this horrible incident” behind them. Ms. Larner said Khan sought help from a psychiatrist who sent him to a psychologist to receive specific treatment for a mental disorder, which she did not identify. Since being remanded in custody he has been referred to the prison psychologist, she said.

Both counsel made submissions as to sentencing guidelines and precedents. The maximum sentence for indecent assault in Cayman is 10 years. The maximum for taking the photographs is three years per offense.

See details in Friday’s Cayman Compass.

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