- Defense counsel for alleged murderer is demanding psychiatric examination for his client
- Mr Obour told the Accra Magistrate court that a conversation he had with his client showed that he was not of sound mind
- He regretted the solitary confinement of his client
- The court ordered immediate investigation into the allegation by the defense counsel
- The judge, Mr Stephen Owusu dismissed the application
- The court remanded him into police custody for him to reappear on 14th March, 2016
Mr Augustine Obour, the defense counsel for the alleged murderer of JB Danquah Adu, the MP for Abuakwa North has demanded psychiatric examination for his client.
Mr Obour, told the Accra Magistrate court at Tuesday’s sitting that the accused, Daniel Asiedu was not mentally sound due to a conversation he had with him prior to court proceedings.
He lamented the solitary confinement that Asiedu has been subjected to and admonished the court to impress it upon investigators at the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) to accord him the needed respect and also treat him as other inmates.
The defense counsel said Asiedu was not allowed to freely move around and exercise.
According to a Graphic Online report, the presiding judge, Mr Stephen Owusu ordered the prosecution to investigate the matter and further ordered the accused’s right to be reinstated if it turned out to be true as stipulated by law.
He however, dismissed the application for psychiatric examination and said more investigations were needed to be conducted before such an application could be granted.
The accused was remanded into police custody to allow further investigations into the matter.
He is to re-appear before the court on March 14, 2016.
Asiedu has been charged with murder.
On February 9, 2016, 19-year old Asiedu allegedly entered JB Danquah’s bedroom at his East Legon residence and stabbed him to death.
He was later picked by a high-level police team from his girlfriend’s house at Agbogloshie also known as Old Fadama on Thursday February 11, 2016.