Dr. Gabass opens defence in camera

Dr Ali Sulley Gabass, the medical practitioner of the Effia-Nkwanta Government Hospital, opened his defence in camera in the alleged sodomy case against him before an Accra Circuit Court, yesterday.

He did not complete his defence for the prosecution to cross-examine him and the court, presided over by Mrs. Rita Agyemang-Budu, adjourned the case to Friday, June 5.

Counsel for Dr. Gabass, John Benson, shortly after proceedings, held a press briefing to dispel the claim that his client was HIV positive, since his victim had been diagnosed of HIV.

He appealed to the media to be circumspect in their reportage and not to link his client to HIV positive status, adding that documents they tendered in evidence alluded to the fact that Dr. Gabass was HIV negative.

However, Deputy Superintendent (DSP) Abraham Annor, the prosecutor, objected to the tendering of the medical report as evidence.

At the last sitting on May 29, the court dismissed the application of stay of proceeding brought before it by defence counsel.

Consequently, the court ordered the accused to open his defence on Monday, which he did.

At the May 18 sitting, the presiding judge, for the second time cautioned the prosecution and lawyers of Dr. Gabass to desist from unnecessarily delaying the case.

The judge noted that the case had been ongoing since November last year, and assured, she would do everything possible to ensure an expeditious trial.

By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme

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