Court refuses psychiatric test for MP’s killer

An Accra Magistrates Court yesterday refused an application to send Daniel Asiedu, the alleged murderer of Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa North Constituency,  J. B Danquah-Adu  to the psychiatric hospital for medical examination.

This was after counsel for the accused, Augustine Obour, had prayed the court to refer his client to the psychiatric hospital for examination.

Mr. Obour said an interaction with his client in court suggested that he  needed psychiatric care, because  he was inconsistent with answers he gave to questions.

He added that the treatment meted out to his client at the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) custody was discriminatory and against human rights.

Mr. Obour said the accused had been confined in a “condemned  cell”, where he was not allowed to interact with other inmates.

He, therefore, urged the court to order the BNI to reverse the trend, because his client had not been convicted yet.

However, the prosecutor, Chief Superintendent Francis Baah said the suggestion that the accused needed psychiatric treatment, could not be true.

He said , the prosecution had interacted with the accused more than anyone else, and his answers  to questions did not suggest he was mentally derailed, adding that the prosecution would have been the first to suggest any medical examination upon any doubt in his answers.

On the treatment of the accused in BNI custody, the prosecutor promised the court that he would ascertain the veracity of the claim by the accused and take the appropriate steps to rectify any anomaly.

The court presided over by Stephen Owusu, interrogated the accused on where he hailed  from, the person who brought him up, where he lived, his age, among other things, to which he responded appropriately.

By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme       

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