By Landing Ceesay
The State has sent to Ghana for a DNA test, the blood samples of Bob Keita (accused), Pa Modou Johm (boyfriend of the alleged rape victim), and the late baby, Kexx reported.
The blood samples of the trio are said to have been transported to Accra, Ghana’s capital Wednesday morning, by the office of the Attorney General.
The State extended an invitation to Bob Keita’s Lawyers to witness the process, but the lawyers declined to participate based on the appeal they filed against the court order for the DNA test, Kexx added.
“It is the position of the Defence that they won’t participate because it would undermine their appeal,” it stated.
In May 2022, the State Prosecutors filed a Notice of Motion for the High Court to grant an order for a DNA test between Bob Keita (Accused Person) and the child of his alleged victim.
On 7th July 2022, Justice Momodou S.M. Jallow gave an order for a DNA test to be conducted on the blood samples of Bob Keita, the child of his alleged victim, and the alleged victim’s boyfriend.
The State Prosecutor, Kimbeng Tah, told the Court that the child was in Coma at a private clinic in Dakar, Senegal; before the news of the passing of the child in Senegal on 8th July, emerged on 10th Jul 2022.
On 13th July, State Prosecutor Kimbeng Tah confirmed to the court the death of the child; but informed that the child’s blood samples had been taken in Dakar before his demise.
On the same day, despite his lawyer questioning the credibility and transparency of the blood samples allegedly taken from the child before his death, Justice Momodou S.M. Jallow ordered Bob Keita to be transported to the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH) for his blood samples to be taken; which was later reported done together with his alleged victim’s boyfriend.