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.