Tuesday April 15 2014

Nurse has a case to answer, says court


Kampala- Buganda Road Court has ruled that a nurse, Ms Rosemary Namubiru, accused of pricking a baby with a cannula that had pricked her hand, well knowing that she had HIV, has a case to answer.

This means that Ms Namubiru will defend herself against the case of “a negligent act that was likely to spread disease”.
Chief magistrate Olive Kazaarwe based her decision on testimonies of eight prosecution witnesses that all pinned Ms Namubiru over the act.

“Court finds that Ms Namubiru has a case to answer on charges of doing a negligent act that was likely to spread disease to a 34-month-old baby in January this year,” Ms Kazaarwe stated.

“This court cannot base on defense lawyer Ladislaus Rwakafuzi’s claims that his client’s rights were violated when she was kept in police detention beyond 28 hours to nullify the trial,” she added.

The magistrate said prosecution informed court that basing on the fact that the suspect’s case was sensitive in nature, it was safer for her detention away from the public that could harm her.
“However, if she was not satisfied with police actions, she can still pursue her case and seek for damages,” the magistrate explained.

Through her lawyer, Mr Rwakafuzi, the suspect informed court that she will testify on oath and will bring in court two witnesses to defend her against the charges.
Ms Kazaarwe, adjourned the case to April 17.