General News of Saturday, 2 December 2017
An Accra District Court for the third time has subpoenaed the pathologist who conducted autopsy on Member of Parliament for Abuakwa North, J.B Danquah-Adu to furnish the court with the full report on the deceased.
The pathologist was not in court when the matter was called.
According to the court, it was doing that “for the benefit of doubt” since the subpoena had not been personally served on Dr Lawrence Edusie of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.
It further directed the case investigator to assist the court bailiff so that Dr Edusei would be personally served.
At today’s sitting, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) George Amegah in charge, the prosecutor said based on the court’s orders a subpoena was prepared by the Registrar and same was served on the Head of the Pathology Unit of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and Dr Edusei.
DSP Amegah said the two subpoenas were served at 1230 noon by a Court bailiff known as Habib.
The prosecutionr said Habib’s report was that since he did not meet the Head of Pathology Unit and Dr Edusei personally, an administrative Assistant, Judith Gankui who received the earlier invitation on November 14, this year received the two subpoenas on November 24.
Prosecution said the administrative assistant promised to ensure that the subpoenas were delivered accordingly.
The matter was therefore adjourned to December 14, for the third subpoenas be served on the Pathologist and Head of the Pathology Unit in Korle Bu Teaching Hospital personally.
The court presided over by Ms Arit Nsemoh ordered the case investigator to ensure that the subpoenas were served.
Lawyer Nana Obiri Boahene who was watching brief commended the judge and prosecution’s effort in securing the full autopsy report.
Nana Obiri Boahene told the media that he would not comment over the behaviour of the Pathologist.
The prosecution has recounted difficulties in accessing the pathology report of the victim, hence the delay in prosecuting the matter.
J.B Danquah Adu was murdered in his apartment in 2016 at Shiashie.
Two suspects, Daniel Asiedu and Vincent Bosso, were subsequently arrested and charged with murder following the incident. Their pleas have not been taken and they have been remanded into Prison custody.
The facts of the case, as presented by DSP Amegah, were that the deceased MP lived with his family in a one-storey house at Shiashie, near East Legon, a suburb of Accra, whilst Asiedu and Bosso lived at Agbogbloshie, also in Accra.
About 11:40 p.m. on February 8, 2016, the MP arrived home in his private car driven by his driver.
The driver had handed over the ignition keys of the car 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 sleeping.
Whilst 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, making 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 realizing that the MP was dying, Asiedu left the room and took with his three iPhone smartphones.
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 of an 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 fencing on the walls of the house into an adjoining house and escaped