A 19-year-old girl whose arrest on charges of beating up two male police officers went viral has been freed from police custody after the victims in her alleged assault case failed to produce the standard P3 form.
The two complainants, her police-officer boyfriend and his colleague – both attached to Unguja police station have failed to write a police statement or produce a P3 form.
Ugunja police boss Lazarus Tarus confirming the incident said, “We released the girl yesterday on free bond. We could no longer hold her as the victim is yet to give a police statement and fill a P3 form.”
An image of a police station
Sheril Awino who is a student at Rambula Secondary school allegedly roughed up the duo at Kipchumba’s house and was the only one arrested for the incident.
In the Police report, Tarus said that the student used a broken piece of glass to attack Mugo cutting him on his upper arm and head.
Screaming in agony, his comrade Kipchumba rushed to the station to report the matter with Mugo being sent to Ugunja for treatment from where he was referred to Gem for further treatment.
A digital snapshot of a p3 form
A P3 form is used to request for medical examination by a Medical Officer of Health, in order to determine the nature and extent of the bodily injury sustained by a complainant(s) in assault cases.
The P3 form is in two parts.
This is filled out by the Police Officer assigned to the case, indicating details of the complainant or suspect in question in a particular case, as well as a brief summary of the allegations.
It is stated clearly that a registered Medical Officer or Medical Practitioner can fill the form. This extends to include Dental and Clinical Officers. In criminal offenses, government doctors must be the ones to fill the form.
Part II is divided into 4 sections, Sections A to D. Section A is mandatory for all cases. The filling of Sections B, C, and D depends on the nature of the case.
Those who can need a P3 form include
1. Victims injured in cases of, but not limited to:
2. Sexual assault – children and adults
3. Domestic violence/Intimate partner violence
4. Child abuse and neglect
5. Road traffic injuries
6. Occupational hazards
7. Animal attacks
Victims require a Medical Report from the hospital before the P3 can be filled.
Sexual assault cases should ensure a Post Rape Care(PRC) form is filled out prior to filling of the P3 form. This PRC form is a ministry of health document found, filled, and stored at medical facilities.
Note that for rape cases, a Post Rape Care (PRC) form should be filled. This PRC form is required before filling out the P3 can be done.