Former Regina doctor accused of sexual assault found not guilty

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Sylvester Ukabam stands outside the court of Queens bench surrounded by family after being found not guilty of sexually assaulting five patients.  (Richard Agecoutay/CBC - image credit)
Sylvester Ukabam stands outside the court of Queens bench surrounded by family after being found not guilty of sexually assaulting five patients. (Richard Agecoutay/CBC - image credit)

A former Regina doctor accused of sexually assaulting five women has been found not guilty of all charges.

There was silence in the courtroom at Regina Court of Queen's Bench Wednesday as Justice Brian Scherman read his decision.

The trial began in January and included testimony from five women, as well as Ukabam, who said during the trial he was shocked about the accusations.

The Crown alleged the former gastroenterologist sexually assaulted five patients during medical exams between 2010 and 2017.

The defence questioned the reliability of tesimonies from five women who accused him of groping their genitals and breasts without consent.

The retired doctor walked out of the courthouse Wednesday surrounded by members of his family.

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Moreen Mugerwa/CBC

"I'm so glad that finally, I've got justice," said Ukabam outside the courthouse.

Ukabam said this trial has been "devastating" for his family over the past five years.

Due to a publication ban the women cannot be identified.

The judge was supposed to give his decision on April 22, but the matter was adjourned until Wednesday.

Richard Agecoutay/CBC
Richard Agecoutay/CBC

Ukabam's lawyer Aaron Fox agrees with the verdict and Justice Scherman's comments.

"It was a difficult case for everyone involved, whether you're the complainant or the accused," said Fox.

Fox said he is pleased with the decision and saw this as "a case turning on reliability not credibility".

Richard Agecoutay/CBC
Richard Agecoutay/CBC

Some of Ukabam's family members and supporters could be overheard saying "thank God" as they celebrated outside the courthouse.

"The truth will always rise to the top," said Innocent Ukabam, his younger brother.

Sylvester Ukabam will not be resuming his medical practice but says the "future is good."

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