Woman who slapped doctor at Teaching Hospital put on year's bond

A Moru­ga woman who slapped a doc­tor in the hos­pi­tal while he was at­tend­ing to her ba­by nephew has been bond­ed for one year.

Lament­ing the lev­el of dis­re­spect tak­ing place in the na­tion’s schools and hos­pi­tals, San Fer­nan­do Mag­is­trate In­dar Ja­groo said he was pre­pared to send Ka­reen Ramjohn to jail.

How­ev­er, the doc­tor in­di­cat­ed that he did not want to see her im­pris­oned. Fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent at the San Fer­nan­do Teach­ing Hos­pi­tal on May 20, 2015, Ramjohn was charged with as­sault by beat­ing Dr. Ja­son Diljohn.

When the mat­ter came up yes­ter­day she plead­ed guilty.

The facts were read by the doc­tor’s at­tor­ney Michael Rooplal who had ob­tained a fi­at from the Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions to pros­e­cute the mat­ter.

He said around 5.07 pm, Diljohn was at­tend­ing to Ramjohn’s eight-month-old nephew who was in res­pi­ra­to­ry dis­tress due to a heart con­di­tion, when Ramjohn held the ba­by and be­gan shak­ing him.

Diljohn asked her to stop shak­ing the child as that was like­ly to cause the ba­by’s con­di­tion to wors­en. Ramjohn be­came en­raged and start­ed mak­ing in­sult­ing ges­tures at the doc­tor.

Ramjohn then slapped the doc­tor on his face and struck him in his chest. The in­ci­dent was re­port­ed and WPC Ran­some of San Fer­nan­do Po­lice Sta­tion charged Ramjohn.

Ask­ing for le­nien­cy, Ramjohn’s at­tor­ney Keisha Bap­tiste-Trot­man said her client was re­morse­ful and asked the court not to jail her.

The at­tor­ney said Ramjohn act­ed that way out of con­cern for her nephew’s safe­ty.

In re­sponse, Rooplal said while Ramjohn’s ac­tions was dis­re­spect­ful to the yeo­man ser­vice per­formed by med­ical doc­tors and oth­er pro­fes­sion­als at the na­tion’s hos­pi­tals in dif­fi­cult con­di­tions, the doc­tor did not wish to see her im­pris­oned.

In­stead, the doc­tor asked that she apol­o­gise to him, which she did. ­

- Sascha Wil­son

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