Sacked High Court judge found dead in his Sakumono residence
By James Amoh Jnr, GNA
(Tema), April 21, GNA - Mr Ringo Cass Akurugu Azumah, a High Court Judge who
was sacked from office, has been found dead in his house in Sakumono Estates,
Tema, on Friday.
believe he died about week ago due to the near decomposition of his body.
The police had
to forced his door open after reports of foul odour in his hermitage.
A resident, who
sells bags few meters away from his flat, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that
on Friday, April 19 at about 0100 hours, he saw liquid seeping from the last
floor of the flat where the deceased lived alone.
He said the
pungent odour from the seepage, with an accompanying putrid smell was
unmistakable of that of a decaying animal.
his claim, a Sanitation Officer, who had earlier on knocked on the door of the
deceased to collect his monthly fee but heard no response after several
attempts, unusual of the occupant, explained that “the overpowering smell
emanating from that particular entrance got me alarmed especially because the
man lived alone in the house and his car was parked outside.”
He said, “I
swiftly rode to the police station, few meters away from the flat, to make an
official complaint of my suspicion”.
resident who pleaded anonymity, speaking to the GNA at the scene, expressed
shock at the passing of the judge, who he said seemed somewhat isolated and was
seldom seen around the neighborhood.
“The only time
you will spot him is when he had to wash his car in the early hours in the day
and would hardly even take a walk around,” he added.
instances, he said the former judge came across as rather quiet and reserved
and was always hesitant to respond to greetings from neighbours or anyone.
This, he said,
made him feel there was something wrong with him because of the rare gesture he
sometimes showed towards residents, most of whom knew little or nothing at all
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Afia Tenge, the Public Relations Officer, Accra
Regional Police Command, confirming the incident to the GNA said, her outfit on
April 19, 2019, received information of the death of Justice Ringo Cass Akurugu
Azumah in his apartment in Sakumono from a complainant.
immediately, a team of Crime Scene Experts from the Criminal Investigation
Department (CID) headquarters in Accra were dispatched to the scene where “a
male adult about 60 years was lying dead”.
DSP Afia Tenge
further stated that, after careful inspection of the body, with no marks of
violence detected, the body was deposited at the Police Hospital morgue in
Accra for preservation pending autopsy to ascertain the cause of death.
would be recalled that former President John Mahama directed the removal Mr
Ringo Cass Akurugu Azumah from office as justice of the High Court on grounds
of stated misbehavior and incompetence.
President acted upon a recommendation by the Judicial Council.
sympathizers believe that he was a victim of a purge of the Judiciary in the
wake of alleged corruption scandals which nearly marred the image of third
organ of government.
Source: GNA Story (http://www.ghananewsagency.org/social/sacked-high-court-judge-found-dead-in-his-sakumono-residence-148739)
Published: 2019-04-21 12:14:38
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