Audiovisual recordings of how ‘Sexy Dondon’ allegedly killed the late MP admitted into evidence

The alleged killer of late Abuakwa North MP Daniel Asiedu

Excerpts from audiovisual recordings of Daniel Asiedu, aka Sexy Dondon, the first defendant ‘reconstructing’ the crime scene to police of how he allegedly killed the late Abuakwa North Member of Parliament (MP) JB Danquah-Adu have been admitted into evidence.

The more than five video recordings released in open court as part of the lead evidence of the investigator, Chief Inspector Augustus Nkrumah, showed Asiedu, aka Sexy Don Don, the demonstration of the lawmaker’s death.

The late JB Danquah Adu, then MP for Abuakwa North Constituency, was killed at his residence in Shiashie in 2016.

Daniel Asiedu, aka Sexy Don Don is facing a murder charge and has pleaded not guilty.

He also faces a separate charge of theft while along with Vincent Bosso (2nd accused) face the charge of conspiracy to steal, which they both denied.

In court on Monday, July 18, 2022, Chief Inspector Nkrumah, who is the eighth prosecution witness, told the court that some video recordings were made during the interrogation of the first defendant.

According to him, the videos were taken when Asiedu was sent to the crime scene for reconstruction.

“The recordings were made by the police with the police camera. It is a camcorder during the interrogation and the same recorded and kept on a USB key as exhibits, ”he told the court presided over by judge Lydia Osei Marfo.

Crime scene reconstruction

A crime scene reconstruction is a process of determining the sequence of events during and after a crime.

In bits of the video shown in open court, the first defendant was seen on video explaining the use of the catapult and scissors recovered from the crime scene.

As he was driven to the scene with investigators, the defendant also said in the video that the late MP died before leaving the scene.

He also demonstrated how he entered the house through a window and saw the late deputy lying on his bed.

He also told the court how he left the scene after the incident.

Asiedu also showed police at the crime scene how he picked up the cell phone and how the man noticed him in his room.

The late MP according to Asiedu, held him tight by the neck and couldn’t do what he wanted but pulled the scissors out of his pocket and stabbed him.

He also noted how he had a lingering struggle with the late JB Danquah Adu before finally passing away.

He also gave the late MP’s whereabouts when he entered his room and knelt before the late MP’s bedside and offered prayers to God.

He also told police about the iPhones he took and how he searched the room for “documents” and “laptops”.

“I looked to see if I could get anything but I didn’t see anything. I took one of his shirts and put it on.

He also noted that he took 3 phones from the late MP’s room and the cell phones were (then) at Circle with a guy called Kwame.

Torture, coercion and inhuman treatment

Attorney Yaw Dankwah, attorney for Asiedu, while objecting to the submission of the videos, described how the recordings were made and said the defendant was ‘tortured’ and ‘coerced’ .

“We oppose the release of these videos because the accused was under duress and at all relevant times with at least 10 police officers on him…”, he argued.

To back up his point, attorney Dankwah noted in court that “one of the officers was always seen with his hands on the trigger.”

“He was tortured. He was not fed,” attorney Danquah observed. “There was no lawyer to represent the interests of the accused during the reconstruction of the crime scene.

The lawyer said his client never had the opportunity to have a lawyer and described the manner as “inhuman”.

“He was treated badly. I’m so disgusted. It’s wrong.”

The accused was relaxed

Sefakor Batse, a senior state prosecutor representing the prosecution, said the flash drive played in open court was clearly what was leaked in the disclosures.

She said the first defendant is the one seen in the video, and contrary to the lawyer’s claim that the defendant was subjected to torture, it was clear from the video recording that the first defendant was very relaxed throughout even though he was handcuffed.

The Attorney General also told the court that the marks on his neck (the defendant) mentioned by the lawyer are clearly marks inflicted on him during his struggle with the deceased.

She also argued that the defendant had demonstrated that he had to use his head through the thorns to enter the house and therefore it was not surprising that he had bruises.

“The witness in the box is the investigator who was seen in the video at all times and he always had his hands on the defendant all the time and he is the one who presents this evidence in court.”

She said the recordings are very relevant to “our case” and prayed that the audio recording would be admitted into evidence.

By court

Judge Lydia Osei Marfo, after listening to the argument, dismissed the objection.

“The objection fails to the extent that it is the case of the prosecution that this evidence is relevant to its case,” the court said.

“The weight to be given to it is subject to cross-examination by counsel for the accused. He is within his rights to destroy this piece of evidence when he has his time during cross-examination,” the court noted.

Therefore, the USB drive containing said crime scene reconstruction was admitted into evidence and marked as “Exhibit S”.

The matter was adjourned to Tuesday, July 19, 2022, for further action.

Briana R. Cross