Pathologist ‘Swerves’ Judge Over JB Autopsy Report
The pathologist who performed the autopsy on Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa North in the Eastern Region yesterday failed to appear the Accra Central District Court yesterday.
Dr. Lawrence Edusei was expected before the court to explain why the full autopsy on the late legislature is not ready months after his death.
Although the pathologist at the last court sitting had been summoned to appear before the court he was nowhere to be found when the case was due for hearing.
Asked about the whereabouts of Dr. Edusei, the prosecutor, DSP George Amegah said a letter had been sent to the Head of Pathology Department of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital where the doctor works.
This compelled the trial magistrate Arit Nsemoh to order that Dr. Edusei be personally served a copy of the letter to appear before the court as earlier directed.
On October 10, 2017, the court ordered the pathologist to release the full autopsy report on the former MP for Abuakwa-North to the police to aid investigations into the case.
The order followed an application by police prosecutors, who stated that Dr Edusei had failed to release the report and that all attempts by the police to obtain it had proved futile.
The delay in the release of the report, the police claimed, was hampering their efforts to build a solid case against Daniel Asiedu, aka Sexy Don Don and Vincent Bosso, the two men linked to the murder of the former MP.
Asiedu and Bosso are currently before the court awaiting the commencement of committal proceedings which would facilitate their eventual trial at the High Court.
Daniel Asiedu, 19, aka Sexy Don Don – a phone dealer and Vincent Bosso aka Junior Agogo – a phone repairer were are in police grips over the murder of the legislator fondly called JB.
The accused persons were hauled before the Court two days after an Accra High Court had discharged them over the murder of the legislator.
The Attorney General and Minister for Justice had earlier entered Nolle Prosequi (NP) to drop previous charges against the accused persons in respect of
the case which was at the stage of empaneling a seven-member jury for the trial.
Sefakor Batse, a Senior State Attorney, had told the court, presided over by Justice Lawrence L. Mensah, that per Section 54 of the Criminal and Other Offences Act, the AG had entered NP in respect of the case.
Daniel Asiedu and Bosso were subsequently rearrested minutes after their discharge and fresh charges preferred against them.
In the instant case, Sexy Don Don has been slapped with the charge of murder while Agogo faces abetment of murder.
In the case of Agogo, the prosecutor, DSP George Amegah, held that he at about 1:00 am on February 9, 2016 at Shiashie, East Legon, in Accra, abetted Sexy Don Don to commit murder.
Source: Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson/ thePublisher