Consultant Psychiatrist to present medical certificate in court

By
Morkporkpor Anku, GNA

Accra, July 22, GNA – An Accra High Court
trying the alleged murderers of Mr J.B Danquah-Adu, the former Abuakwa-North
constituency Member of Parliament has directed Dr Sammy Ohene, the Consultant
Psychiatrist at Accra Psychiatric Hospital, to bring along his medical
certificate at the next adjourned date.

Other documents required from the Consultant
Psychiatric are his passport and a document on the bases of his finding.

The court gave the direction, after the
Consultant was sworn-in to officially present the medical report on Daniel
Asiedu, after assessing the mental capacity of the accused person to stand
trial.

The report submitted to the court shows that
the accused person is mentally well to stand trial.

The report indicated that four psychiatric
examinations were conducted on Daniel and all these examinations did not show
any sign of mental disorder.

After, Dr Ohene was sworn-in and the
document tendered in as an exhibit, Mr Augustine Obour, the defence Counsel for
Daniel cross-examined him.

He is demanding the full report of the
mental examination of his client.

The Counsel suggested to the witness that in
his baptismal certificate, he was not called Sammy Ohene but rather he was
called Samuel Ohene, he answered that he changed his name to Sammy at age 14.

Asked, whether the documentation regarding
the change of name was available but the witness indicated that he was not sure
“l think l cannot provide it but l can provide my certificates both medical
certificate and Psychiatric certificate.”

“Do you agree with me that, when Sammy is
mention, you will respond,” the counsel asked but the witness said “l might.”

Asked to provide his birth and baptismal
certificates, the witness told the court that he could not provide these
certificates but could provide his school certificates.

The Counsel asked the witness, whether he
agree with him that there was a personal disorder and the witness agreed.

Mr Obour asked the witness to tell the court
about the bases for the results in the report and the witness said there were
standard procedures used in carrying out the examination, which included
history taking and sources of the history would be usually from the individual,
dressing of the client, behaviour, speech; tone, whether it was relevant.

“We look at everything we see on the client
to assess him or her,” he added.

Meanwhile, the counsel for the accused
persons in the case, Daniel and Vincent Bosso has prayed the court for bail.

He told the court that the second accused
person, Vincent was charged with conspiracy to commit crime to wit robbery but
the count two did not mention his involvement in the act and that no
substantial charges were levelled against him.

He said the State intended to call 11
witness in the case and per their statements, on one had mention the name of
the second accused person and yet he had been remanded for three years.

“His name is not in the bill of indictment
and his involvement is not mentioned,” he added.

The Counsel said the worse was that ever
since his clients were remanded, he had never had access to have conference
with them for the past three years.

On Daniel, Mr Obour said this was the first
time he had heard, someone charged with robbery and murder at the same time.

He said the accused person was married with
a child, who delivered while he was away in prison.

Defence counsel argued that per his age, the
State quoted he was 19 years at the time of his arrest and that makes him a
young offender and any juvenile, who commits a serious offence, the maximum
sentence should be three years.

“I need to have access to my clients, which
is impossible for me,” he added.

Mrs Sefakoe Batse, Senior State Attorney,
told the court that the State was opposed to the bail application.

She said the Defence had created the
impression that nothing has been done by the State all these while but that was
not true.

“There has not been any unreasonable
delays,” she added.

She said prosecution was ready to conduct
the trial and nothing was holding the State.

The Court presided over by Justice George
Buadi said upon hearing from the Defence Counsel and the State Attorney the
court observed that the Defence made oral submission, which could not be
verified.

“I am unable to verify the issues raised by
the Defence, I hereby refuse the application,” he said.

Daniel a.k.a Sexy Dondon pleaded not guilty
to three counts of conspiracy to commit robbery, robbery and murder, while a
second accused Vincent Bosso, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit
robbery.

The court was yet to empanel a jury for the
trial.

GNA

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