Court hauls J.B. pathologist over autopsy

The Accra Central District court presided by Mr Arit Nsemoh has ordered Dr Lawrence Adusei, the pathologist at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital who conducted an autopsy on murdered Abuakwa North MP, Joseph Boakye Danquah-Adu, to appear in court and explain why the report is not ready.

The court had earlier ordered Dr Adusei to hand over the report but that has not been done, according to updates from prosecutor DSP George Amegah.

The latest demand from the court is the second by two different judges hearing the cases of Major Maxwell Adam Mahama and J.B. Danquah-Adu – both killed.

Dr Adusei was called to the Accra Central District Court on October 26 to explain why the autopsy report of Major Mahama, who was lynched in Denkyira-Obuasei has not been released five months after the military officer’s gruesome killing.

Explaining to the court, Dr Adusei said the police had failed to provide all the adequate information needed to facilitate his work.

According to him, police investigators failed to meet him to furnish him with certain important information which he needed to work with.

Also, he accused the police of not making certain things such as the crime scene pictures available to him.

According to Dr Adusei, he only saw the investigators of the case on October 18, 2017, a week after the court ordered him to release the autopsy report.

He also told the court that he had not been paid for the past 10 years for all the autopsy work he has done for the police.

“I am supposed to be paid GHS5 cedis for every autopsy that I do and also GHS10 when I testify in court, but for 10 years now, I have not been paid,” he said.

The presiding judge, Arit Nsemoh summoned the pathologist to appear before her on November 21 to explain why the report is not ready.

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