AN autopsy report has proved that Chairmain Spiers, a Briton and wife of a Ghanaian prophet based in the United Kingdom, died of acute poisoning.
The report also mentioned heroin overdose as another cause of the death.
The result of the autopsy was read to the Accra Central Magistrate Court yesterday by the prosecution.
Spiers was alleged to have been murdered by her husband, Prophet Eric Isaiah Edusah at Mac Dic Plaza Hotel in Koforidua in the Eastern Region.
Prophet Edusah, a pastor at the Global Life Ministry, UK, was arrested on March 22 by the police after his arrival in Ghana from the UK.
He has been charged with murder to which he pleaded not guilty.
The prosecution told the court that it had finished its investigations, and had forwarded the docket to the Attorney-General’s Department for advice.
His defence counsel, Mr. K. N. Adomako, argued that the autopsy indicated that the accused knew nothing about the murder, and averred that the accused could not be held liable because he (Prophet Edusah) was not in Ghana at the time of the wife’s death.
He said the deceased consumed the heroin knowingly and nobody induced her to do so.
The court, however, denied the bail application on grounds of jurisdiction.
Mrs. Marian Affoh, the presiding magistrate said the fact that the accused was not in the country at the time of the incident did not justify his innocence.
According to her, there was no unreasonable delay as counsel for the accused sought to suggest, adding that it behoved only on the court to determine an unreasonable delay.
Mrs. Affoh stated that until the court receives the required advice from Attorney- General’s Department, it would be premature for the court to admit the accused to bail.
By Malik Sullemana & Edem Mensah-Tsotorme