An application for a psychiatric examination on Eric Kojo Duah, one of the suspects arrested for allegedly murdering two MTTD police officers at Kasoa, has been rejected by an Accra District Court, ABC News has gathered.
Lawyer for Eric Kojo Duah, George Eshun argued it is abnormal for a person to go about brandishing guns and go to the extent of shooting and killing uniformed police officers in broad daylight as it has been alleged against his client.
He prayed that the court grants him permission for the mental state of Eric Kojo Duah to be examined to ascertain the state of mind of his client.
“I think he should be examined as to his mental state based on what the prosecution is accusing him of doing”, the lawyer for Eric Kojo Duah pleaded in court Monday.
He added that he has known the suspect since his childhood days and he can personally testify that he (Eric Kojo Duah) is a very respectful citizen who has no unlawful records. He however, told the Court that he was yet to meet his client and have a conference with him.
Nonetheless, the state prosecutor, ASP Sylvester Asare opposed the application by the defendant’s counsel. ASP Sylvester Asare argued that he cannot fathom why a lawyer who is yet to have a conference with a his client request for a psychiatric examination.
The prosecution further argued that the suspect has not exhibited any sign that signals any state of mental instability during all his court appearances. He, therefore, pleaded that the court refuses the application of the defence.
The court upon hearing the two sides refused to grant the request of the suspect’s lawyer and agreed with the prosecution.
Eric Kojo Duah allegedly shot Sergeant Dzamesi and Lance Corporal Awal, both attached to the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service at Budumburam near Kasoa, who were on task force duties on the Kasoa-Winneba highway.
He was said to be using an unregistered Toyota Camry vehicle and said to be driving recklessly, hence a decision by the policemen to stop him.
After refusing to stop, the suspect reportedly shot the unarmed policemen, killing one instantly and the other later dying at the hospital.
An investigation conducted in to the matter led to the arrest of Duah as the prime suspect in the case. However, six other persons who were arrested in connection with the case were freed by the Kaneshie District Court last month.