Court strikes out assault case

The National,Friday July 1st, 2016

Medical evidence is more significant than photographs to know the extent of injuries in cases involving grievous bodily harm, senior Magistrate Cosmas Bidar says.
“We will know the extent of the injuries if there is medical evidence, not police photographs,” he said.
Bidar made the comments yesterday after striking out one such case – that of Roland Kapo who was charged with causing grievous bodily harm to another person – because police were slow in submitting their files.
The court heard from police prosecutor Sergeant Peter Samghy that a police file was not served to Kapo because the crime scene officer, who was supposed to present photographic evidence, was in hospital.
Kapo’s lawyer Fredrick Lunge argued that his client’s case had been in court for more than three months.
He argued that the case could have been finalised when the crime scene officer was not ill.