THE High Court has reserved judgement in the case of a former Far South Coast gynaecologist jailed for cutting off a patient's genitalia.
Graeme Reeves, 63, was jailed for three-and-a-half years, with a non-parole period of two years, in July 2011 after he was found guilty of maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent, aggravated indecent assault, and obtaining financial advantage by deception.
The Crown appealed against the sentence as manifestly inadequate, while Reeves fought the conviction and sought a retrial.
The NSW Court of Criminal appeal earlier this year increased his jail term by an extra 18 months, despite finding the trial judge had erred in directing the jury.
Reeves took the matter to the High Court, with his lawyers on Tuesday arguing the disgraced doctor had the right to a retrial, free of misdirections.
His defence also argued a surgeon who performs an operation believing it to be necessary for the patient's well-being cannot be guilty of a crime.
Wolumla woman Carolyn DeWaegeneire, who had her clitoris removed during a procedure to remove a pre-cancerous growth in 2002, sat through Tuesday’s hearing.
Speaking outside court, she said she was prepared for another long court battle to help protect future victims of genital mutilation or medical negligence.
“I will go again and again and again,” Ms DeWaegeneire said.
“I can’t let that man win, for every woman in this country.”
Ms DeWaegeneire said Australians should be appalled their tax dollars were funding Reeves’s High Court tilt.