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Nairobi Lawyer Charged in Court for Assaulting Doctor

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A lawyer and her sister have been charged in court after allegedly assaulting a medical doctor who was attending to their sick mother at a health facility in Kawangware.

Everlyne Kemunto appeared before Kibera senior Principal Magistrate Samson Temu alongside her sister, Inilieth Kerumbo, to face charges of assault and creating disturbances that breached the existence of peace at the said facility.

The incident, which took place on November 15, 2022, unfolded when Dr. Aron Shikuku, the owner of the facility, arrived at the Kawangware branch for his regular supervision duties.

During his testimony in court, Dr. Shikuku explained the events that transpired on that fateful day.

According to Dr. Shikuku, two women, later identified as Everlyne Kemunto and Inilieth Kerumbo, had brought their unwell mother to the health facility.

However, a commotion arose when Kemunto, claiming to be a lawyer, began criticizing the doctor for not following her directives on how to treat her mother.

Dr. Shikuku explained to Kemunto that he could not take directives as he was solely focused on saving the patient’s life.

The situation escalated when the two women refused to leave the room despite Dr. Shikuku’s request, shouting and pushing the medical personnel present.

They resorted to using abusive language and created a chaotic scene at the health facility. Concerned about the disruption and the well-being of the other patients, Dr. Shikuku called security officers for assistance.

The security officers successfully escorted Kemunto and Kerumbo out of the room, but the lawyer, Kemunto, returned shortly after with a wheelchair.

She claimed that she intended to transfer her mother to another facility. It was at this point that Kemunto allegedly assaulted Dr. Shikuku through the grill of the room’s door, punching him on his upper lip.

Dr. Shikuku testified that he experienced pain and his lip became swollen as a result of the assault.

After seeking medical attention and receiving a P3 form, Dr. Shikuku reported the incident to the police, leading to the subsequent arrest and arraignment of the accused in court.

During the court proceedings, Everlyne Kemunto and Inilieth Kerumbo pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against them. They were released on bond, and the case has been scheduled to proceed at a later date for further hearing.

Assault cases, such as the one involving the lawyer and the doctor, raise questions about legal ramifications and the rights of medical professionals when faced with unruly behavior from patients or their relatives.

While this particular incident sheds light on the alleged assault perpetrated by the lawyer, it also underscores the importance of maintaining a safe and conducive environment for healthcare professionals to deliver their services.

Assault, both as a criminal offense and a potential basis for personal injury lawsuits, carries significant consequences. In such cases, the burden of proof lies in establishing that the accused intentionally caused fear of immediate harmful or offensive contact.

The case involving Everlyne Kemunto and Inilieth Kerumbo serves as a reminder that violence or disruptive behavior in healthcare settings can have serious legal consequences.

Both healthcare professionals and patients’ families should strive to resolve conflicts through respectful communication and cooperation to ensure the best possible care for patients in need.