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Nurses’ case fails to proceed

Mar 12, 2014, 10:18 AM | Article By: Dawda Faye

The case involving Awa Beyai, Awa Sanneh and Ndey Ceesay, nurses at the Serrekunda Health Centre, could not proceed yesterday before Magistrate Tabally of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court.

They were earlier charged with neglect of official duty and abuse of office.

When the case was mentioned, Lawyer Lamin S. Camara stood up and told the court that he was representing the first and second accused and holding brief for Lawyer Kebba Sanyang for the third accused.

He said the prosecution was not in court and was aware that the case was coming up yesterday.

He further posited that he was reluctantly applying for an adjournment to allow the prosecutor to be present.

He said if the prosecutor failed to appear on the next adjourned date, he would apply for the accused to be discharged.

Magistrate Tabally subsequently adjourned the case till 26 March 2014.

The particulars of offence on count one stated that on 17 November 2013, at Serrekunda Health Centre, in the Kanifing Municipality, the accused persons, as employed in the public service as nurses and by virtue of that employment, neglected their official duty by failing to pay attention to a pregnant woman in the name of Isatou Sambou which led to delivery of her baby in the street, and thereby committed an offence.

Count two stated that on the same date and place, the accused persons, while employed in the public service as nurses, abused their office by failing to attend to a pregnant woman in the person of Isatou Sambou, which was predijucial to her right.