#Headlines

Pathologist testifies in coroner inquest

Aug 4, 2020, 2:36 PM | Article By: Dawda Faye

Doctor Ousman Leigh, a pathologist recently testified at the coroner inquest to look into the death of Januaro Wande Beducande Findon, a Bissau Guinean, who was alleged to have committed suicide.

Presided over by Principal Magistrate Isatou Janneh-Njie of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court, Dr. Leigh told the inquest that he is a specialist pathologist and currently works as a lecturer in Anatomic Pathology at the University of The Gambia (UTG).

He informed the inquest that he is also the Acting Head of Department of Laboratory Medicine at the Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital (EFSTH).

Dr Leigh recalled that he conducted both external and internal examination on the body of the deceased, Januaro Wande Beducande Findon on the 4th June, 2020, at 10:30 am.

“In my opinion, the cause of death is due to what we call mechanical asphyxia. This means when there is an interruption of oxygen supply due to severe compression of the neck. This is due to a material which was tied on the neck,” he testified.

He told the coroner inquest that the cause of asphyxia is consistent with hanging.

At that juncture, the autopsy report No. PM 14/ 2020 dated 4th June 2020, with Autopsy prepared and signed by the witness, Dr. Ousman Leigh, was admitted by the inquest and marked as Exhibit ‘E’.

It could be recalled that Fakebba Darboe, a forensic expert, who testified on the 3rd June, 2020 recalled that on the 24th April, 2020, he received a call from a supervisor, who is responsible for operation, that there was an incident about suicide around BTI that might result to an inquiry.

He told the inquest that he is trained as CSI officer and that he has a team countrywide and if there is an accident of this nature, arson and suicide, he would respond with the team because he is the head of forensic.

In summary, he informed the inquest that a brief was conducted, and this was suggestive that suicide had taken place but they could not conclude the reason.

“In suicide, we look for pressure and height. Small pressure can kill,” he told the inquest.

Read Other Articles In Headlines
Gov't claims Switzerland agreement seeks to protect rights of Gambians
Jan 21, 2021, 11:41 AM

The government of the Republic of The Gambia says it has on Tuesday 12 January 2021 signed a Cooperation Agreement on migration matters with the Government of Switzerland in the city of Berne, designed to curb irregular migration and ensure effective protection of the rights of Gambian citizens who are migrants in Switzerland.

taxis
Taxi driver who raped girl 4 times sentenced to 3 years
Jul 30, 2020, 12:05 PM

Hon. Justice Z. Jawara Alami of the High Court in Banjul has sentenced one Malick Njie, a taxi driver who rapped a girl, 15, four times to three years in imprisonment with hard labor.

Africa CDC reacts to UK travel restriction
Oct 4, 2021, 12:47 PM

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), a specialised technical institution of the African Union, in a statement has noted with deep concern the planned changes to international travel rules in the context of COVID-19 enforced starting at 4:00 a.m. on Monday 4 October 2021.