Doctor Exposes Ghana Police In With Medical Report
The pathologist who conducted an autopsy on Joseph Entsie, the taxi driver who reportedly hanged himself in a police cell in Sekondi, Western Region, told Her Ladyship Rosemary Hayford of the Sekondi Magistrate Court B that ingredients that should have supported his suicide were missing when he conducted his examination.
On December 25, 2021, a 53-year-old taxi driver from Sekondi’s Fijai taxi rank was detained for allegedly driving drunk and hitting some police officers at the Effia Nkwanta Nurses Quarters police checkpoint with his automobile.
After that, he was taken to the Sekondi police station and put in a cell.
According to the Western Region Police Command’s report, Joseph Entsie was later discovered dead in his cell with his jeans trousers tied around his neck, implying suicide.
But, according to the pathologist who performed his autopsy, he did not die by hanging.
The police then requested a second autopsy from a different pathologist, but refused to tell the family the results since they [the family] had declined to attend the second autopsy.
The case was submitted to court with the support of the Legal Aid Commission, and it is now in its sixth hearing.
Pathologist Isaac Erskine, who also performed an autopsy on the deceased taxi driver, said to the court that his investigation of the lungs revealed that the likely cause of death may be a force of violence, in response to queries from the deceased taxi driver’s counsel in court.
The pathologist’s findings are consistent with the family’s long-held belief that their relative was battered to death, according to counsel for the deceased Ebo Donkor.
The hearing has been rescheduled for June 1 and 3.