Give expert opinion, doctors told


A MAGISTRATE has advised doctors writing a medical report as evidence to give their expert opinion rather than describe the incident.
“There are other people there to make statements about the incident,” senior Magistrate Cosmas Bidar said.
Bidar made the comments yesterday at Waigani Committal Court after committing a man to trial in the National Court for allegedly assaulting a pregnant woman.
Samson Dupai, 28 and from the Nebilyer district of Western Highlands, is charged with causing grievous bodily harm to Rachel Yamba by allegedly using a piece of timber to hit her on the head at Tokarara Market in Port Moresby on March 22.
Bidar told the court that there was sufficient evidence to commit Dupai to trial.
Police allege that on Feb 2, Dupai went to Yamba’s house and argued and assaulted her. Yamba’s relatives and husband allegedly wounded Dupai on the left side of his abdomen and Dupai left.
The matter was not resolved and again on March 22, Dupai allegedly hit Yamba’s head with a piece of wood. Yamba was pregnant at the time.
She was rushed to the hospital and had seven stitches to her wound.
After ruling on the matter, Bidar said this was a case of “non-repayment of dinau mani’ (credit)”
He ordered the matter to return to court on Sept 20 for Dupai’s lawyer to prepare his client’s submissions.
Dupai’s bail was extended.

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