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Court orders medical assessment of alleged house breaker

17 October 2013, 18:54

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.


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