Arrest warrant issued for patient who defamed doctor

It's 18 months since Dr Munjed Al Muderis was awarded $480,000 in damages

A former patient ordered to pay a $480,000 defamation settlement to his doctor after launching a hate campaign has been sentenced to two years in jail in his absence.

Dr Munjed Al Muderis

Gerardo Mazzella threatened his orthopaedic surgeon Dr Munjed Al Muderis (pictured) in a series of YouTube videos, Facebook posts and websites, claiming his penis was mutilated during a hip arthroscopy.

The campaign included death threats, eventually leading Dr Al Muderis to successfully sue Mazzella for defamation in July 2017.

But Mazzella never appeared at the defamation hearings, and