Alleged police killing @ Konongo Adomfe: PROF AKORSA, KATH PATHOLOGIST FACE OFF IN COURT …over conflicting post-mortem reports
Two pathologists are set to meet at the Asokwa Magistrate Court in Kumasi over two different pathology reports they have produced concerning the death of Kofi Ampoma, a native of Adomfe, a community near Juaso in the Asante Akyem South District of the Ashanti Region, who was allegedly murdered by the Konongo Divisional Police task force without any provocation last year.
The police had gone to the village to allegedly arrest Indian hemp peddlers, but ended up arresting Kofi Ampoma, 36, a father of two, and allegedly beat him up until he died in the bucket of the pickup vehicle they (police) were using.
The family and the community members, however, insisted that the deceased was not into drugs and that an innocent person had been killed and went on a violent demonstration. This compelled the police administration to interdict the officers involved and start an internal investigation into the case.
A pathologist, Dr Ernest Boakye, was then contacted at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi to conduct a post-mortem examination on the body of Kofi Ampoma.
His report, which was submitted to the Magistrate Court hearing the case, indicated that Kofi Ampoma died of natural causes. The family of the deceased, however, disputed the claim and insisted that a second autopsy be conducted.
A renowned Ghanaian pathologist from the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Prof Badu Akosa, was contacted to conduct the second post-mortem examination, and his report indicates that Kofi Ampoma did not die of natural causes.
With two different pathologist reports presented to the court, the latter has decided to invite the two pathologists to properly brief the court to enable it take a decision. They are to appear before the court on July, 21, 2020.
Speaking to the counsel for the bereaved family, Lawyer Asamoah Amoako, he explained to The Chronicle that last year, KATH conducted and presented a post mortem report about what led to the demise of their royal, where the report mentioned that the late Kofi Ampoma, who came under police attack, died a natural death.
However, the family challenged the post-mortem report by the Department of Pathology at KATH. As a result, they appealed to the Asokwa Magistrate Court Three for a second post-mortem report, which the court granted.
Counsel Asamoah further revealed to The Chronicle that the family then contacted Prof Badu Akosa, who opted to do the examination free of charge, which was conducted on June 18, 2020 at the Department of Pathology of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.
The lawyer for the Adomfe bereaved family, which is bent on seeking justice for their beloved relative, stated that the post-mortem examination of Prof Agyeman Badu Akosa gives details about what led to the death of their relative.
Read the lips of lawyer Asamoah Amoako: “He (Akosa) said the cause of death of Kofi’s Ampoma was unnatural.”
Following the second post-mortem report, the lawyer mentioned that they went back to the court on June 29, 2020 and submitted it. The court then ordered that Prof Badu Akosa appear before it for cross examination on July 21, 2020.
Mr. Asamoah Amoako told The Chronicle that Prof Agyeman Badu Akosah is ready to appear before the court, adding that the court had also issued a hearing notice to Dr. Ernest Boakye, who conducted the first post-mortem examination, to appear before it.
He described the report by Prof Agyeman Badu Akosa as detailed, meticulously done, and is factual, and details the main cause of death of the late Kofi Ampoma, who he suspects, was butchered with cutlasses by nine police officers from the Konongo Divisional Police Command.
He said: “The family now believes the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has also taken up the matter, the Attorney General will also follow suit to bring the culprits to justice and let the soul of the victim, Kofi Ampoma, rest in perfect peace.”