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24.11.2011 General News

Clara's Husband In Court

By Daily Guide
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Dr. Raymond Abudu Kasei, a University of Development Studies (UDS) lecturer at the Navrongo campus, who was arrested by the police over the alleged murder of his wife, Clara Leo-Atampagram, is still in police custody.

He was handed over back to the Amasaman Police after his lawyers, led by Egbert Faibille, told the court that they would not press for bail since they knew the right processes.

The suspect was arrested on November 7, 2011 over the mysterious circumstances surrounding his wife's sudden death which he said was suicide by hanging.

The police suspected foul play, especially as they found conflicting evidence at the crime scene, contrary to his narration. Moreso, he had carried the remains to the Nsawam Government Hospital without informing the police.

On his second appearance at the court yesterday, he was called into the dock at about 9:35am.

As he stood in the dock, Mr Faibille prayed the court not to wait for the officer in charge of the case to begin the proceedings since he was not the Attorney General.

Egbert told the court that the autopsy report was consistent with death by hanging as contained in the pathologist's report.

He indicated that there were media publications that indicated that Clara had left a suicide note, adding that they ought not to waste the court's time by pressing for bail.

'We won't waste time asking for bail. We know what to do,' Raymond's lawyer said.

Clara Atampagram
It is believed the lawyers would move to a higher court with an application for bail.

The case was then adjourned to December 5, 2011 by which time it is presumed that the new prosecutor would have taken over the case.

The police have assigned the Homicide Unit at the Criminal Investigation Department Headquarters to investigate the matter, after a protest by Clara's family.

Chief Inspector, Kofi Annan, who was the prosecutor for the case, told the court that the docket was no longer in his possession as a Deputy Superintendent of Police at the Homicide Unit from the Police Headquarters had been assigned to the case.

A copy of the alleged suicide note supposedly left by the deceased, made available to DAILY GUIDE , was dated November 7, 2011 and written at 1:15am.

It read: 'My dearest husband, sorry for all the pains I have caused you in this nine years of our marriage. You were the best thing that ever happened to me and I bless the day I met you.

I wish you all the best in your new found love.
Please take very good care of my children and let them know much I love them.

Sorry I had to do this. I love you with all my heart and soul.

Take care. Clara.
After that, she was said to have committed suicide.

Police said they would have to authenticate the alleged suicide note with her hand writings.

Legal sources have said that the tussle for bail was not yet assured, particularly when the police would now have to verify the authenticity of the note at a forensic laboratory as well as the real cause of death.

By Rocklyn Antonio

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