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'Fractured neck killed three-year-old girl'

Feb 15, 2010, 4:33 PM | Article By: Soury Camara

A postmortem carried out on the corpse of Rohey Mbaye, a three-year-old girl, has revealed that the neck of the deceased was fracture at the level 4 and 5 of the cervical vertebrate. As a result, the respiratory system of the late Rohey Mbaye consequently failed to pass air to her lungs, thus causing the deceased to suffocate and die.

This was revealed by Dr Abdoulie Ceesay, a medical practitioner attached to the Accident and Emergency Unit of the RVTH, when he testified before Justice Richards of the Special Criminal Court in the murder trial of one Isatou Foon.

According to Dr Ceesay, apart from the fractures in the cervical vertebrate of the deceased, her diaphragm failed to contract when her nerves paralyzed resulting in no contraction of the deceased?s diaphragm.

Dr. Ceesay further testified that it was sometime last year when he conducted a postmortem on the corpse of the deceased, and wrote a report to that effect.

Responding to questions by lawyer Pap Cheyassin Secka the defence counsel, Dr. Ceesay said that any strong outside force on the neck can cause a fracture.

He added that it is possible for a child to fall from her mother in heavy waves, and sustain a neck fracture.

Also testifying was one Mustapha Sowe, a police officer attached to the Major Crime Unit in Banjul, who also informed the court that he recorded the cautionary and voluntary statement of the accused person.