A NSW doctor who raped his wife after she refused to have sex with him has argued that he should be allowed to keep his medical licence, because he thought his culture prevented either partner from turning down intercourse.
Aron Kondasinghe Sudath is on parole after being jailed for rape and assault in 2007.
At his court trial, Sudath said he became "frustrated" when his partner initiated sex and then stopped.
Sudath, whose medical licence has been suspended, told the Medical Tribunal of New South Wales yesterday that he no longer blamed his ex-partner for the rape, the Daily Telegraph reported.
"(Later) I did know I hurt her…and she was quite within her rights to send me to jail for that," he said.'
But he added that at the time of his crimes, he believed he was entitled to sex because neither partner in a traditional arranged Sri Lankan marriage could refuse it.
The Health Care Complaints Commission has argued Sudath is unfit to practice medicine due to his criminal convictions and poor character.
The commission's barrister, Philip Strickland, told the tribunal the GP created the "cultural excuse" to justify his crimes.
The hearing continues.
Author: Fiona Willan, Approving editor: Mark Worley