BY MUNTALLA INUSAH firstname.lastname@example.org
THE CENTRAL District Court in Accra has summoned Dr Lawrence Adusei, the pathologist at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital who conducted the autopsy on Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa North, Mr Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu, to come and explain his findings to the court on November 21, 2017.
Dr Adusei is to appear before the court, presided over by Ms Arit Nsemoh, to explain to the court why the full autopsy report had not been submitted to the police months after the murder of the legislator.
The court order was premised on the submission by DSP George Amega, the prosecutor in the case in which Daniel Asiedu and Vincent Bosso are being held for the death of the MP.
It would be recalled that the court on October 10, 2017 ordered Dr Adusei to release the report to the police to enhance investigations and speed the committal proceedings of the accused persons.
When the case was called on Friday, November 10, prosecutor DSP Amegah told the court that the autopsy report had yet not been submitted to the police, despite the pathologist being served with the court order.
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Prior to adjourning the case, the two accused persons had indicated to the court that they had something to tell the court, but Her Worship said she would not hear them.
According to her, her court was only dealing with the committal proceedings and not a full trial.
However, the AG’s advice on the docket had not been brought to court either; therefore she could not grant them audience.
She advised the accused persons, who had no legal representation, to exercise patience as the court dealt with the matter.
The prosecution, during the hearing, told the court he was facing difficulties accessing the pathology report of the victim, hence the delay in prosecuting the matter.
Brief facts of the case, as was presented by DSP Amegah in court, were that the MP lived with his family in a storey house at Shiashie, near East Legon, a suburb of Accra, whilst Asiedu and Bosso lived at Agbogbloshie, also in Accra.
On February 8, 2016, at about 11:30p.m. the MP arrived home in his private car driven by his driver. The driver handed over the ignition keys to Danquah-Adu and left for home, after which the MP retired to bed in a room located on the first floor of his house.
At about 1 a.m. on the same night, Asiedu and Bosso, armed with a catapult, a cutter and a sharp knife, went to the legislator’s house.
Bosso is said to have assisted Asiedu to enter the house by scaling the fence wall on the blind side of a security man who was fast asleep.
On entering the house, Asiedu picked a ladder and climbed onto a porch on the top floor and entered the MP’s bedroom through a window, whilst Mr Danquah-Adu was asleep.
While Asiedu was searching the room, the MP woke up and held him. There ensued a struggle, during which Asiedu stabbed the MP in the right chest above the breast.
The MP consequently held the knife, and Asiedu pulled it through the MP’s hand, resulting in a deep cut in his palm.
The legislator, who bled profusely, fell by his bed, after which Asiedu stabbed him several times on his right chest and neck.
On realising that the MP was dying, Asiedu left the room and took with him three iPhone smart phones.
Meanwhile, the struggle between the MP and Asiedu had drawn the attention of the security man in the house, who alerted other security men in the neighbourhood.
Having been alerted to the impending danger, Bosso took to his heels, leaving Asiedu behind.
However, Asiedu managed to descend from the top of the house and jumped over the electric system on the walls of the house into an adjoining house and escaped.