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Medical test  debunks accused  age claim

Medical test debunks accused  age claim

By Sunmola Olowookere
A medical consultant, Dr. Felix Akinjeji has told an Akure High Court  that a  robbery suspect, lied to the court that  he was a minor.

The presiding  Judge, Justice Bode Adegbehingbe had  earlier  ordered that a medical examination be conducted on the  armed robbery suspect  (names withheld), who claimed he was not an  adult.

The court order came on  the heels of a controversy  from  counsel to the defence, Messr.O. F Omotosho, in which he posited that the court lacked jurisdiction to sit over the case of the accused person being a minor  while  he  applied that the case be transferred from the court.

Subsequently, Justice Adegbehingbe had at the last court sitting issued a court order directing that the accused person be examined by a radiologist at the University of Medical Sciences, Akure, Ondo state.

Following the examination of the accused person, the consultant radiologist, one Dr. Akinjeji     was summoned by the court to give evidence as to his findings during the medical examination.

While being led in evidence by the prosecuting counsel, F. O Olanrewaju, the radiologist told the court that he carried out an X-ray on the knee and the arm of the accused person.

The consultant who  informed the court that the examination was  conducted on June 21, 2019, said  examination of the level of development of the bones was a standard procedure used in determining the age of the accused.

From the examination conducted, he posited that the accused person’s age could not be less than  20 years.

 The prosecuting counsel applied to tender the X-ray and the medical report amidst other documents as exhibits and they were admitted as evidences before the court.

He explained that the patella on his knees had fully occupied which usually happens at the age of 25   years.

His words, “when you look at the end of the knee; they determine the age of full ossification.”

During the  cross- examination by the defence counsel, Wale Omotosho, he told the witness that the mother of the accused person had testified before the court that she gave birth to her son in 2001.

Omotosho  agreed that it could be possible and contradicted his earlier claims that the accused  could not be less than 25.

The presiding judge asked him if he was retracting his earlier claims and he admitted to have made the earlier claims in error.

The accused person  is  standing trial on a lone -charge of armed robbery in which he was alleged to have robbed a shop on Oba Adesida road, Akure where he allegedly stole gold jewelries and money, while armed with gun.

Justice Adegbehingbe, thereafter, adjourned the case till today for ruling on the application of the defence.

Owena Press Limited (Publisher of The Hope Newspaper), Akure

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