The Blantyre Magistrate’s Court has revoked bail for two women who are being accused of assaulting and causing grievous harm to a 26-year-old nurse, Gertrude Moffat, at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) on February 17 this year.
Senior Resident Magistrate Akya Mwanyongo revoked the bail for the two on the basis that the case is sensitive and serious, adding that there is need for fairness.
The two women, Esnart Selemani and her daughter Yankho, appeared before the court this morning where the State paraded three witnesses including Moffat, a doctor at QECH, Bright Wasambo Mwafulirwa and the facility’s chief nursing officer Edna Nkangala.
It is alleged that the two women assaulted Moffat as she was telling them to leave a ward because they were not allowed in due to restrictions in regards to the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, it is alleged that in the process, the two women and Moffat engaged in a verbal war before they later the nurse to the ground and started assaulting her.
Moffat, who was the first witness, said doctors and guardians helped her escape the wrath of the women.