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Published On: Tue, Apr 23rd, 2024

Court Marks Post-Mortem Examination Report as Exhibit

In the case of State Vs Ousainou and Amie Bojang, DPP AM Yusuf applied to tender the post-mortem examination report in respect to the two deceased in this case and with no objections from both Defense Counsels for the accused the court marked the post mortem examination report as an Exhibit.

The post-mortem for Pateh Jallow was marked as Exhibit P20 while the Exhibit for Sang Gomez was marked as Exhibit P21.

Professor Gabriel Odun, the head of Pathology and laboratory at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) testified that he issued two post-mortem reports which he conducted personally and signed after he examined the deceased individuals, Pateh Jallow and Sang Gomez at the Hospital.

In the Doctor’s Cross-Examination with first defense Counsel Darboe, he was asked about his whereabouts when the dead bodies of Pateh and Sang were brought to him and to that he replied that he was at the Autopsy room. When asked about where the Autopsy room is he said it is at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH).

When asked what time that was he said he (Prof.Odun) cannot remember as it was a long time ago unless he looks at the report as everything is stipulated there. He was further asked who else was in the room apart from the deceased bodies of Pateh and Sang to that he said he cannot remember unless he looks at the report because he does not want to misquote himself.

Counsel Darboe also asked Prof Odun if he remembers the time of their death and also the date to that he (Prof Odun) said he cannot remember as he wasn’t the one that certified their death.

Counsel Darboe pointed to him that if he was the one that signed the document and it is written date and time of death then who was the one that certified them dead to that Prof Odun said he doesn’t know as there are procedures and if dead bodies are in the emergency there are documentation, those documentations are part of the clinical records of the individual and also medical legal records and those records are brought to the Autopsy including the clinical records for Autopsy where there is a column and a row that has dates and time of death recorded so that was where the time and date stipulated on the document was lifted from.

When asked if he doesn’t know anything about who certified the death bodies of Pateh Jallow and Sang Gomez he replied that there is a difference between a doctor certifying somebody and medical certificate of death. When asked to elaborate more on what a medical certificate of death is he said a medical certificate of death is when you are sure of the cause of death.

Counsel Darboe asked him about his whereabouts when he prepared the medical certificate of death he said he cannot remember but he could have been either in his office or mortuary as both are at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH). When asked when did he conduct the Autopsy on Pateh he said it was conducted on 14th September 2023 starting  at 15:19hrs.

Prof Odun was also asked what is the average length of an Autopsy but he replied that It varies depending on the complexity of the case as the primary aim of the autopsy is to find out the cause of death so at times one would spend 5 minutes or even 5 hours on Autopsies.

Counsel Darboe further asked if he (Prof.Odun) was present when they (Pateh and Sang) died but he responded that he was not as he just received them after death when they were brought in.

The case was adjourned to 30th April 2024 at 2:15 for continuation of Cross-Examination by First Defense Counsel.

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