Enugu - An Enugu Hugh Court presided over by
Justice Catherine Nwobodo on Thursday ordered the medical assessment of
an alleged house breaker, Ugochukwu Eze.
Nwobodo gave the order due to the failure of the Counsel to the
accused, Samuel Umeojiakor, to tender any medical report to justify
his claim that the accused had mental problems.
When the matter came up for hearing on Thursday, the prosecuting
counsel, Gloria Onyia, said she expected to see a medical report as
the defence counsel promised earlier.
"My Lord, the counsel to the accused was asked to take the accused
to a government hospital for easy forwarding of his medical report to
the attorney-general of the state, but I am surprised that he is yet to
do that,’’ she said.
In his submission, Umeojiakor pleaded with the court to adjourn the
case to enable him to take the accused to a government hospital for
treatment and medical report.
"My Lord, the accused is not mentally fit and all efforts to get his
medical report yielded no result as the hospital demanded for his
admission in the hospital before issuing the report.
"Ugochukwu has been receiving medical treatment in the village but
needed to be transferred to the psychiatric hospital to get his report
but this has not been easy to do,’’ he said.
The case was adjourned to Dec. 16 to enable the defence counsel to tender the report.