Bogus gynaecologist jailed for ‘examination’

July 19, 2017 | By More

A homeless man who told a 19-year-old woman he was a specialist gynaecologist has been jailed for four years one month for the “examination” that took place next.

Tony Andrew Haxell, 57, has been diagnosed by a psychologist as having “a narcissistic personality disorder”.

As she jailed him in the Christchurch District Court today, Judge Jane Farish told him: “Your veracity is about at the level of zero.”

Haxell pleaded guilty on the eve of his trial to a charge of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection.

Defence counsel Phillip Allan described the sexual assault as “a relatively low level matter”. He said he had tried to work out Haxell’s motivation for what he did. He acknowledged that after receiving the psychologist’s report, a sexual motivation could not be ruled out.

He said Haxell had psychiatric issues and his personality made it hard for him to see others’ points of view.

Crown prosecutor Pip Norman said: “The pre-sentence report highlights his lack of insight into his offending and his lack of remorse. Because of that, protection of the community assumes importance.”

Judge Farish said Haxwell’s behaviour had been “quite predatory” and involved a vulnerable woman.

At the time, Haxell was homeless and living rough in Rangiora.

The woman had just found out she was seven or eight weeks pregnant and was having a few pains.

When they met at a gathering at a house, Haxell claimed he was a medical doctor and a specialist in gynaecology and offered to help her to make sure everything was all right.

He took the woman into a room away from the other adults, where he placed his fingers inside her while he carried out an “examination”.

“You kept on checking that she was consenting, but that consent was given on the false claim that you were a medical professional,” said the judge.

An older woman came in during the offence and said, “What the hell are you doing?”

The “patient” left the room and Haxell again claimed he was a fully qualified gynaecologist and wanted to finish the examination.

Two days later, the woman lost her baby, though not as a result of anything Haxwell had done. Doctors say the examination could not have felt anything anyway, because the baby would have been the size of a lentil.

When he was interviewed by the psychiatrist, Haxell claimed he was not sexually motivated and it had been an attempt to help the woman. He claimed he had expertise as a veterinarian and was very good at delivering calves.

He showed “cognitive distortions” in not taking responsibility, blaming the victim, claiming consent, and minimising the gravity and impact of the offending.

Judge Farish said the woman, who had relatively low intellectual functioning, had been badly affected. “She feels you have ruined her life. She does not understand that the loss of her child had nothing to do with you. She is very distressed about that.”

The judge noted that Haxell had not been before the court since 1991. “But things have obviously gone awry for you in the last few years for you to be homeless and facing such a serious charge.”

She jailed him for four years one month and ordered that the psychiatrist’s report be sent to the prison to help in the management of his sentence.


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