By Amacha Goli
Adjumani-The Grade One Magistrate of Adjumani, Nakato Josephine has warned the police against poor coordination with complainants and witnesses saying some witnesses appear in court without the police files.
Speaking during a court session, Nakato explained that the action of the police contravenes the 1995 Constitution of the republic of Uganda which provides for expeditious trial.
The tough talking Nakato also warned that court will start releasing accused persons in prison on bail and dismiss cases for absence of prosecution because court cannot infringe on the rights of the accused persons.
Her warning followed where two witnesses appeared in court without police files making it impossible for court to proceed with hearing of the cases.
The Adjumani resident state attorney, Okello Whyzum, told court that contrary to his advice to complainants and witnesses to always appear in his office for advice before court sessions, they go straight to court making it difficult for him to cross check case files against witnesses.
Witnesses in the case files of Edema Richard and Amayo Joshua yesterday bounced as the police did not carry their files forcing court to adjourn the cases to February 12.
Cases of police files missing during court sessions in Adjumani court is rampant forcing complainants to give up in the case as some of them travel with their witnesses from long distances and have to cater for lunch and other related cost.
An aggrieved court user who preferred not to be named said for two years, he has been appearing in court but up to date, hearing of his case has not started.