Judge Demands Mahama Autopsy Report
Head of the Pathology Department of the 37 Military Hospital has been ordered by the Accra Central District Court to release the full autopsy report of Captain Maxwell Adams Mahama within sixteen days.
The court presided over by Ebenezer Kweku Ansah stated that the report should be released through the Director General CID before October 26, 2017.
Alternatively, the court held that the said doctor must come to court to explain why the autopsy has not been released.
The trial magistrate has also directed that a copy of the order be served on one Dr. Lawrence Adusei, the pathologist who performed the autopsy on the deceased. This, the court believes is because Dr. Adusei shuttles between 37 Hospital and the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital both in Accra.
The order follows a request by the prosecutor, DSP George Amegah that the prosecution does not have the full autopsy report five months after the incident.
He said the court must issue the order because the document is vital to the speedy adjudication of the case. “You are the coroner and it was based on your orders that he (Dr. Adusei) conducted the autopsy” DSP Amegah stated.
George Bernard Shaw, lawyer for the accused person said the autopsy report is crucial to the trial because both the families of the deceased and the accused persons need to know what is happening.
He argued that the manner the case was being handled was reflective of the nature of the judicial system of the country.
Mr. Ansah said it is strange that up till now the autopsy report is not ready.
22 suspects, including a woman, have been charged over the gruesome murder of the 5 Battalion of Infantry Soldier on May 29, 2017.
They were provisionally charged with conspiracy to murder and murder. Major Mahama was the Commander of a military detachment stationed at Diaso in the Upper Denkyira West District of the Central Region to check the activities of illegal miners commonly known as galamseyers.
He was lynched by a mob which reportedly took him for an armed robber.
Other accused persons on remand are; William Baah aka Misky, teacher/assemblyman; Yaw Annor aka Agbahowa, mason; Akwasi Baah aka Baya, farmer; Kwame Tuffour aka Asowonan, driver; Akwasi Asante, farmer; Joseph Appiah Kubi aka Kum Dede, driver; Kwadwo Animah, mason; Philip Badu, prisons assistant; Kofi Nyame aka Abortion, farmer and Michel Anim aka Nana Anim.
The others are Bernard Asamoah aka Daddy, drivers’ apprentice; Ebenezer Appiah aka Akwesi Adjei; Charles Quainin aka Kwesi Boah, vulcanizer; Anthony Amoah aka Kwaku Manu/Amis, okada operator; Bismark Donkor aka Dada, farmer; Kwame Agyei, farmer; Solomon Sackey, carpenter; John Bosie aka Abodie, driver’s apprentice and Vivian Sahene aka Mafia, unemployed and Bismarck Abanga.
The police are currently on the heels of Yaw Amakwah, Kwabena Kenkeba, Tikwa, Yaw Boadu, Fuseni, Madam Deedikor, Eric Asante aka Yaw Agade, Nana Kwadjo aka Naa Ajo, Kweku Diesel, Kofi Ahenkora, Solo, Rasta and Wiser.
Source: Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson/ thePublisher