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JB Danquah murder: Court defers ruling on medical report application

Lawyer for Daniel Asiedu, the suspected murderer of the late Member of Parliament for Abuakwa North has repeated his demand for a copy of the bone test results conducted on his client, at the Police Hospital.

Lawyer Augustine Obour told the court on Tuesday the details in the report plays a vital role in the murder case before the court.

Meanwhile the prosecutor was not present in court for the hearing.

Mr. Augustine Obuor, told the court in the last hearing on July 19 that his client was sent to the police hospital for some tests but the police have failed to make the report available to them.

“My Lord, my client was marched to the hospital like a lamb,” he stated.

Responding Chief Superintendent of Police Francis Baah argued it was not time for the defense counsel to start demanding for documents from prosecution.

The court presided over by Worlanyo Kotoku adjourned the case to today, Tuesday August 30, 2016 for decision to be made but in the absence of the substantive prosecutor, the court has asked the defense to reapply at the next adjourned date in order for the court to hear the response of prosecution before it rules on the application.

The case has been adjourned to September 22, 2016.

 Background

In February 2016, the late member of Parliament for Abuakwa South constituency, Joseph Boakye Danqua was attacked and killed in his home.

Police report stated that on February 8, at about 11:40 pm, the deceased came home in his private vehicle driven by his driver Samuel Berko Sarkodie.

Prosecution said the driver having brought his master home handed over the ignition keys to him and left for his residence at Kasoa.

The deceased then retired to bedroom located upstairs. At about 1:00am, Asiedu and Bosso armed went to the house of the deceased, prosecution said.

According to prosecution, Asiedu after entering the house picked up a ladder and climbed to the porch of the top floor and entered the bedroom of the deceased through the window while the deceased was sleeping.

“Asiedu began to search the room but the deceased woke up and held him. Asiedu resisted and stabbed the deceased on the right chest above the breast. The deceased held the knife and Asiedu pulled the knife through the deceased hands creating a deep cut in his palm,” prosecution said.

Prosecution said the deceased who was bleeding profusely fell by his bed helpless and Asiedu stabbed him several times on the right chest and neck.

He said realizing that the deceased was almost dead left him and took away his three iPhones.

The prosecutor said the struggle that ensued between the deceased drew the attention of the security man who alerted other security men within the vicinity

Chief Superintendent Baah said Bosso realising danger took to his heels leaving Asiedu behind. Asiedu however managed to descend from deceased room to the back house, climbed one of the poly tanks in the house and jumped over the electric fence into the adjoining house and escaped.

He said the Security man then called the Police emergency line and informed them. When the Police arrived the victim was dead and his body was conveyed the Police Hospital Mortuary.

On February 15, an autopsy was performed on the deceased body by a Pathologist from the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital who gave the cause of death as exsanguination and multiple stab injuries on anterior and chest.”

Prosecution said Police investigations led to the arrest of accused persons who stated that their aim of going to the deceased house was to steal.

The prosecutor said Asiedu explained that deceased struggled with him when he entered the room and that compelled him to use the knife on him.

Chief Superintendent Baah said investigations are on-going.

 

 

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