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THE STATE V. ADDAE

(1961) JELR 68213 (SC)

Supreme Court  •  22 Dec 1961  •  Ghana

Coram
VAN LARE JSC, SARKODEE-ADOO JSC, ADUMUA-BOSSMAN J.S.C.

Judgement

SARKODEE-ADOO J.S.C.: The facts which are not seriously in dispute, briefly put, are that the deceased was the wife of the appellant and they had been married for over seven years before the day of the incident. The appellant was engaged as caretaker of a cocoa farm owned by one Kwasi Addae with whom the appellant and the deceased lived at the employer’s village at Awonsuano. According to the appellant he had strange dreams about his son’s behaviour with the deceased and also had cause to suspect the landlord of having affairs with the deceased due to their association of which he did not approve. He therefore killed the deceased.

At the trial after the plea of the appellant had been taken and he pleaded not guilty, counsel for the defence applied that the prisoner be sent to a psychiatrist for examination. In his objection to this application counsel for the prosecution stated:

“On the medical report available there is no reason why the accused should not be tried forthwith. The fact …

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