A doctor accused of carrying out female genital mutilation (FGM) did not know what he did was illegal and had to look it up on his phone when he was told, a court has heard.

Dhanuson Dharmasena, 32, is accused of carrying out the illegal procedure at the Whittington hospital in north London, in the first prosecution of its kind in the UK.

The woman, 24 at the time, first underwent FGM aged six in Somalia, Southwark crown court heard. When she went into emergency labour with her first child in November 2012, the baby could not be delivered and she had to be cut open.

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