Murder of Captain Mahama, JB Danquah: 2 judges fume over delay of autopsy

Ms Gloria Akuffo-Minister of Justice and Attorney General

Ms Gloria Akuffo-Minister of Justice and Attorney General

Mr. Ebenezer Kweku Ansah, the Presiding magistrate of an Accra district magistrate court, has expressed concern over the delay in submission of the autopsy report of the late Captain Maxwell Adam Mahama.

He said he might invite the Head of the Pathology Department of the 37 Military Hospital where the autopsy was conducted  to tell the court why the autopsy was still not ready, four months after the murder of the soldier.

“I will order them to come and tell us why it is still not ready and if the reasons are not tangible enough, I would tell them my piece of mind,” he said.

Relatedly, a magistrate of another district magistrate court, Mrs. Arit Nsemoh has made a consequential order in the case of the murder of the Abuakwa North Member of Parliament (MP) Joseph B. Danquah.

She ordered the Pathology Department of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital to submit the full autopsy report to the police and the court within one month.

The case has been adjourned to November 10.

Mrs. Nsemoh, also ordered that accused Daniel Asiedu and Vincent Bosoo to be detained in prison custody instead of the police custody.

In the case of Adam Mahama, the magistrate ordered the Pathology Department of the 37 Military Hospital to submit the full autopsy report to the Director-General of police in-charge of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) as well as the registrar of the court before the next adjournment on October 26.

He said it was strange that the autopsy on the fallen military officer, a matter of national importance has not been given to the police.

Mr. Ansah gave the orders after the prosecutor, George Amegah, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) told the court that the report of the investigative team was submitted to the Attorney General without the autopsy report.

According to the prosecutor, the autopsy was “very material in ensuring speedy trial and adjudication of the case”.

Adam Mahama was gruesomely murdered by some irate youths of Denkyira Obuasi, who alleged that the late soldier was taken for an armed robber.

Since his death, a number of arrests were made by the police.

Currently, all the 16 accused including a woman are in police custody and assisting the police in its investigation.

They are in court for committal proceedings, after which they would be sent to the high court for trial.

The late Mahama who died on the line of duty was promoted posthumously to the rank of a Major.

He was given a state burial few weeks after he passed on.

By Malik Sullemana    

 

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