Drama in a Bondo court as doctor is fined for court contempt
28 November 2013, 18:23
Bondo - There was drama in a Bondo Court when a medical officer from Jaramogi Oginga Odinga referral hospital who had turned up to testify in a case was sentenced to 14 days imprisonment for failing to honor a previous witness summons served by the court.
The youthful Dr. Macrin Olwala’ had walked into the witness' dock and picked up a bible ready to testify but was shocked when principal magistrate P.W Mutua asked her to explain why she had ignored three summons' from the court.
Magistrate Mutua accused Dr.Olwala of dragging the case which commenced in August 2011 after failing to appear as a witness as required thereby infringing on the rights of the accused Walter Odhiambo Umaya.
The medical officer who has been working at the referral hospital for the last three years had apparently signed court documents where she agreed to testify on behalf of Dr Samo C.A who left the referral hospital six months after conducting a postmortem on a body which is at the center of the protracted court battle.
Dr. Olwala’s attempts to explain why she was unable to attend court proceeded to fall on deaf ears as the magistrate reminded her that she had at one time requested for a change of hearing dates which was granted but failed to appear on the date that she had proposed herself.
Mutua said the medical officer had no good reason of failing to honor court summons and ordered that she pay a fine of KES 2000 or be detained for two weeks but the medic opted to pay the fine albeit with tears rolling down her cheeks before she was allowed to testify in the main case.
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