Pathologist punches holes in Afoko’s evidence

Contrary to the assertion by Gregory Afoko’s lawyer that the late Upper East Regional Chairman of the NPP, Adams Mahama was unconscious and could barely speak before his death, a pathologist has disclosed from the autopsy report to the Accra High Court that the late Adams Mahama was well-oriented moments before he expired.

The late Adams Mahama was reportedly ambushed on his way home from a construction site by two ‘unknown’ men who poured acid on him. He was rushed to the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital where he died on the 21st of May, 2015.

The account of the pathologist reveal that, despite suffering first and second degree burns on eighty-one percent of his body, he was able to answer questions posed to him.

A witness in the case, Dr. Lawrence Adusei, told the court that, the fact that Adams Mahama sustained burns on eighty-one percent of his body didn’t mean he could not articulate well because he was in excruciating pain.

This followed assertions by the defense lawyer, Osafo Buabeng that the former NPP Regional Chairman was in no condition to answer any questions posed to him.

Two witnesses earlier informed the court that the late Adams Mahama told Tofic Mutala that Gregory Afoko and one Asabke Alangdi, who is on the run, poured acid on him.

Tofic has corroborated the evidence of Hajia Zeinabu Adams, the wife of the deceased that Adams Mahama identified Afoko and Alangdi as the culprits.

Cause of Death

The pathologist told the court that Mr Mahama died of extensive acid burns.

The defense lawyer is however of the opinion that his deduction is as a result of information police gave him [the pathologist] and accused him of withholding information.

He stated the fact that, the pathologist in his initial report indicated that there were two causes of death-extensive acid burns and shock lungs.

Dr. Edusei has however rejected the claims, arguing that the shock lungs was a consequence of the acid burns.

“From my full autopsy report, under respiratory system what was initially used as shock lungs is explained there. Drawing the conclusion, the primary cause of death is the extensive acid burns,” the pathologist said.

He also trashed claims by the defence lawyer that Adams Mahama died as a result of cardiac arrest because he was hypertensive.

“Everybody dies from your heart stopping working. So that is cardiac arrest. The heart has stopped. From my previous immediate answer, cardiac arrest means your heat has stopped. Hypertensive or non-hypertensive your heart has stopped,” Dr. Edusei retorted.

“I am putting it to you that your conclusion that the cause of death was due to extensive acid burns is without any basis,” the lawyer quizzed.
“It was based on findings, both external examination and sample sent to the laboratory for analysis,” the pathologist added.


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