Saturday February 8 2014

Nurse denied bail over injecting child with HIV



The 64-year-old nurse, who allegedly drew her HIV-infected blood and injected it into a toddler in the process of administering treatment, was yesterday denied bail by court.

Ms Rosemary Namubiru is on trial on charges of attempted murder. She appeared before Buganda Road Chief Magistrate’s Court and was further remanded to prison until February 11 for the hearing of the case. “In such a case, bail is only granted at the discretion of court. This court cannot be swayed by the mere fact that the suspect is of advanced age and HIV-positive to grant her bail. The charge of attempted murder of an infant is grave in nature,” the trial magistrate, Ms Olive Kazaarwe, ruled.

Earlier, the suspect’s lawyer, Mr Bill Mawami, pleaded with the court to grant his client bail on grounds that she would not receive proper treatment while in prison.

However, state attorney Lillian Omara countered the defence lawyer’s plea, saying Luzira prison has health facilities caring for inmates living with HIV/Aids and that the suspect’s life would be in danger if she were released now on bail because the public is angry over the incident.