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