Acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson should immediately rescue herself from presiding over the C.N Sharma obstruction of justice matter as well as the one pertaining to rape committed against the 13 year old.
Our request is not unreasonable given that the potential exists for her to be bias as she did her internship at the law offices of Hughes, Field and Stoby, of which Sharma's defense lawyer, Nigel Hugh is a senior partner. Nigel Hugh also visited her at her home last night.
Her behaviour during the time that Sharma was first charged for rape and the first obstruction of justice charge that followed makes and even stronger case for her removal.
First she strangely did not sign the warrant of committal despite remanding Sharma to prison and could not be located to have the same corrected despite numerous efforts made to contact her.
Sharma later faked an illness and spent the rest of the time doing so until he was eventually given bail.
And now that Sharma is once again charged for the repetition of a similar offense she refused to consider the prosecutor's argument in his request for a denial of bail which rested on the fact that the new charge was similar in nature to the one Sharma is currently on, and were the same in essence but that the latest one was separate and more recent in time. The prosecutor said, “All relate to the same case and same witnesses”.
Further, he submitted that the accused will interfere with witnesses or interact with them with the intention to pervert the course of justice. He said in the previous case, there was a likelihood of such, which has now become a reality.