Kibera principal magistrate Hellen Wasilwa wondered why the case had taken so long to be finalised.
She told prosecutor Isaiah Oyoo to make sure all the State witnesses were bonded to testify when the case starts on April 25.
“This is a very old case and I don’t understand why it has not been finalised,” the magistrate said.
Inspector Oyoo told the court that seven witnesses had been bonded to testify yesterday, but when he called their names out, they were not in court. The magistrate ordered for the Mary Juma Gilbert Deya’s bond to be extended.
Mrs Deya denied that jointly with others not in court, with intent to deprive an unknown parent or guardian the lawful charge of an unnamed child, she harboured the child knowing him to have been so taken, detained or enticed away.
The offence was allegedly committed at Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi on July 10, 2005.
Mrs Deya was also accused of informing Dr James Kiarie, the head of department of obstetrics and gynaecology, that she had delivered unnamed child alias Baby ‘A’, outside Nairobi Hospital, knowing or believing the information to be false.
She is also alleged to have informed Dr Kiarie that she had delivered a placenta at Nairobi Hospital, which she knew was false.
Elsewhere, 24 former Telkom Kenya workers, who were arrested while protesting over unpaid allowances in their terminal benefits and charged in court with taking part in an unlawful assembly, are still in remand.
Twenty-five were charged but by yesterday, only one of them had been released on bail. Others were still remanded at the Industrial Area remand prison, Nairobi.
Mar. 8, 2007