JB’s Pathologist Swerves Court

JB Danquah Adu

The pathologist who performed the autopsy on the body of the late New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa North in the Eastern Region, JB Danquah Adu, has failed to submit the full (autopsy) report to the police.

An Accra circuit court on November 10, 2017, directed the court’s registry to summon the doctor to submit the full autopsy report on the slain MP to the Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service.

But Dr Lawrence Edusei, the pathologist at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, has since not submitted the report neither has he officially communicated any reasons for the delay in releasing it.

He has also failed to appear before the court to explain the delay in the release of the report.

Yesterday, DSP George Amegah told the court, presided over by Arit Nsemoh, that he received a confirmation that  the Pathology Department of the hospital was served with the summon and an administrative clerk received it on behalf of the head of the department.

He could however, not tell whether Dr. Edusei was served with the summon or not.

The judge, who was not happy with the development, directed the court’s registry to prepare another summon and serve on the doctor personally to submit the full report by the next adjourned date – November 23, 2017.

Two suspects, Daniel Asiedu, 19, aka Sexy Don Don, phone dealer and Vincent Bosso aka Junior Agogo, phone repairer, are before the court for allegedly murdering JB Danquah Adu.

The prosecution has over the past weeks been asking for adjournments to enable them finalise their investigations into circumstances leading to the death of the NPP MP.

At the last sitting, the judge indicated that the police were done with the investigations and had submitted their report to the Attorney General and were waiting for advice.

The case is still at committal stage awaiting the AG’s advice and the autopsy report – which will play a huge role in determining the fate of the two accused persons.

This is not the first time Dr Adusei is being summoned by the court to explain   delays in the submission of autopsy reports.

Last month, he appeared before an Accra Central District Court to explain the delay in the release of the report on the late Major Maxwell Mahama, who was murdered at Denkyira Obuase (now New Obuasi), in the Central Region, where he was on detachment duties.

Before the court, he blamed the delay on lack of cooperation by the police.

He said among other things that the police owed him some money for services rendered and that they (police) also failed to provide him with important information such as pictures of the crime scene, ballistic report and other information gathered during further investigation.

BY Gibril Abdul Razak