Pathologist testifies in Banjul murder suspect case
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Dr Abdoulie Alieu Ceesay, a pathologist at the Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital (RVTH) on Monday, August 17, 2009 tendered the autopsy report of one Cherno Jallow (deceased) before Justice Moses Richards of the Special Criminal Court in Banjul.
The accused Dawda Bah, a resident of Banjul was alleged to have killed the said Cherno Jallow with a broken bottle on August 2, 2008 at Perseverance Street, Banjul. In his testimony, Dr Ceesay disclosed that he conducted postmortem on the deceased body on the orders of the coroner. Dr Ceesay deemed that the cause of death was due to severe hemorrhagic shock as there was a deep and extensive laceration of the right jugular blood vessels.
Dr Ceesay said he observed there was an injury on the corpse right part of the neck and another wound below the Adam's Apple. The witness also said such injuries are caused by sharp instrument like bottles, knife among others. Dr Ceesay explained that when the jugular blood vessels are damaged, the victim is subjected to an instant death, noting that the jugular vessels supplies blood to the heart.
During cross examination by defence counsel S. Jaharteh, Dr Ceesay said any sharp object is capable of causing a wound that can lead to death if the vital organs in the chest cavity are cut. Hearing continues.
Author: By Sidiq Asemota