Delay in medical reports hinders court processes: Police

The National, Tuesday July 12th, 2016

 By Douglas Deseng 
A police prosecutor yesterday raised concerns over delays by doctors in furnishing medical reports which has become a hindrance to court processes.
Prosecutor Joseph Sangam raised the concern to senior magistrate Cosmas Bidar when applying for an adjournment of a murder case against Peter Kaita Aloysius, 26, from Central.
Sangam told the court that police files were nearing completion but needed the medical report that was yet to be submitted to prove the exact nature of the offence in court.
“Police are yet to receive the medical report,” he said.
Sangam told the court that police investigation officers had on a number of occasions informed the doctor in charge of the case at the Port Moresby General Hospital to hand in the report but had not received any response from the doctor until yesterday.
The court was told that on Feb  23, at Gabutu in NCD, the accused had an argument with his wife over money and allegedly threw a stone at her. But it hit their three-year-old daughter who was standing nearby.
The daughter sustained serious injuries to her head.
She was rushed to the Port Moresby General hospital and died in an emergency operation.
Bidar said the case had taken more than three months. The court would allow for a two-week adjournment while waiting for the medical report.
The court adjourned the case to July 22 for mention.