Court orders psychiatric examination of J.B Danquah’s killer

Court orders psychiatric examination of J.B Danquah’s killer

- The suspect in the case of the murder of J.B Danquah, Daniel Asiedu, is to undergo a psychiatric examination

- This comes after his counsel, Augustine Obour, requested for the exam, as his client was behaving in an unusual manner

- The presiding judge, George Buadi, granted the request

Justice George Buadi, the presiding judge in the case of the murder of the former Member of Parliament (MP) for Abuakwa North, J.B Danquah-Adu, has called for a psychiatric examination of the suspect, Daniel Asiedu.

This follows a request from the defense attorney, Augustine Obour, who stated that his client might have mental challenges.

He explained that his interactions with the suspect often take an unusual turn, and there is enough reason to believe that there is something wrong somewhere.

A photo of a man wearing a white shirt
The late J.B Danquah Source:
Source: UGC

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An example of such an incident, he revealed, was a time when Asiedu asked him to travel with him to Akuapem, where he will be installed as a chief.

“My client can call me and tell me that he is going to be made a Chief at a town in Akuapem so he wants me to come and serve the guests with food,” Obour said.

Counsel also mentioned Asiedu’s insistence for a lawyer from the International Criminal Court (ICC) as another example of why he believed he should mentally examined.

In response, the prosecutor, Sefakor Batse, a Principal State Attorney, disagreed with counsel and urged the court to continue with the trial.

She argued Asiedu had not exhibited anything exceptional before the court to warrant a psychiatric examination.

It was also her contention that it was too early in the trial for such a psychiatric examination to be made.

In his ruling, however, the presiding judge, Justice George Buadi, upheld the application and ordered the psychiatric examination on Asiedu.

He held that the attitude exhibited by Asiedu such as his insistence for an ICC lawyer, showed that there was the need for a psychiatric examination.

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