NAIROBI, Detention was the last thing on the mind of a woman from Murang’a, about 70 kilometres north of here, who was in court as a witness in an ordinary court case concerning some land matter but she ended up being detained for eight house in lock-up at the courthouse and a fine of 500 shillings (about 4.80 US dollars) after her cell phone rang twice during court proceedings.
Julia Wanja was unable to prevent her phone’s loud ringing from disrupting court proceedings even after she was given a warning by Principal Magistrate Walter Onchuru when it rang for the first time Wednesday.
Wanja had struggled to switch off her phone the first time it rang and tried again unsuccessfully as the ringing continued. Her inept efforts coupled with the loud ringtone incited the court to suppressed mirth, further disrupting an already distracted courtroom.
Wanja was then allowed by a slightly irritated judge to answer the call outside the courtroom and proceedings continued
Upon her return to the courtroom, no sooner had she settled at her seat than her phone rang again, louder than before if that was possible. At this point, the court security officer promptly evicted her from her chair and more or less frog-marched her to the magistrate’s bench, with the entire court erupting into gales of laughter.
The Magistrate, who was not amused, ordered her detention in the cells for eight hours and fined here 500 shillings.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK