Court summons defence lawyer

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PRINCIPAL Magistrate Fatimah Taeburi has issued a summon against a defence lawyer for failing to turn up and assisting the court in relation to the case against Philip Mango.

The case was listed for sentencing submission but the defence lawyer did not turn up.

He is also yet to submit his mitigation submission on the case and also for the agreed facts.

Police Prosecution told the court that they tried to contact the defence lawyer but were unsuccessful.

Meanwhile the accused also said that his lawyer has not visited hom for quite some time now.

This is the case against Philip Mango, he is faced with one count of assault on a Police Officer.

The court also told the accused options as to whether or not he still wants his current lawyer to represent him, or find another lawyer or for him to represent himself in court.

Ms Taeburi then adjourns the case to September 18 and told the accused to decide on the three option said to him.

She then issued summon on the defence lawyer Samuel Balea to explain in court why he failed to turn up in court on Tuesday.