A psychiatric examination conducted on the alleged killer of Abuakwa North MP, J. B. Danquah Adu, has revealed that the suspect, Daniel Asiedu, is mentally sane to stand trial.
Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr. Sammy Ohene, on Thursday presented his findings to the court presided over by Justice George Boadi.
Dr. Ohene said despite father of Daniel Asiedu, Richard Asiedu informing him that Daniel has a long history of behavioral problems including truancy, stealing among others, his assessment showed he is sane.
The report was adopted by the court with no objection from lawyers in the case. The charges of conspiracy to rob, robbery and murder were then read to Daniel Asiedu by the court. He pleaded not guilty to all the charges, Joy News’ Joseph Ackah-Blay reported.
Asiedu is standing trial with Vincent Bosso aka Junior Agogo, following the murder of J.B Danquah Adu.
The two are accused of their involvement in the death of the Member of Parliament at his residence at East Legon on February 9, 2016, of which the two were arrested following Police investigations.
He said before the High Court could take his plea, it would be better that the soundness of Asiedu’s mind is ascertained stressing that under the law, a defence of insanity renders a trial a nullity.
This, according to counsel indicated that all was not well when it comes to the capacity of Asiedu’s mental status adding, in advanced countries, the medical examination would have been conducted without any hesitation.
Following the request, the High Court ordered the Accra Psychiatric Hospital to conduct a psychiatric examination on Daniel Asiedu.
The court tasked the hospital to conduct the examination within one month.