A pathology examination has revealed that Shadrach Arloo, the 32-year-old man who died last week at the West Hills Mall during an encounter with a policeman and private security personnel was choked by ‘wee’ [cannabis] in a black polythene bag.
The cause of death has been given by a pathologist “as Asphyxiation and Obstruction of the airway by a foreign body.”
Eight (8) zipped bags containing dry leaves suspected to be narcotic drugs tied in a piece of black polythene were retrieved from the throat of the deceased.
The retrieved suspected narcotic substances tested positive for cannabis [wee] when submitted for forensic examination, in the presence of all the interested parties.
In view of the outcome of the post-mortem examination, the case docket is being forwarded to the Attorney-General’s Office for study and advice to determine further Police action.
“We would like to put on record that from the very beginning of this incident, the Police have involved all interested parties in the investigation process,” the police said in a statement.
All these were made known in a police press statement issued Wednesday (Feb 8, 2022) dawn to provide an update on the death of Shadrach Arloo.
The police said the pathology examination was done in the presence of the parties.
Prior to that, at a meeting on Friday, February 3, 2023, with all the parties, they were given the option to have the post-mortem examination conducted by a pathologist of their choice, but they all agreed that the Police Pathologist should conduct the examination.
Present at the meeting according to the police included from the deceased side, Madam Dorcas Toffey, MP for Jomoro, Mr. Kofi Armah Buah, MP for Ellembele, Mr. Francis-Xavier Kojo Sosu, MP for Madina, Mr. Amo Blay, Madam Ama Cobbina and Mr. Alfred Osei Boafo for the accused person, Osei Kwame Boafo, a private security person who had been arrested by the police as a suspect in the death.
On Tuesday, February 7, 2023, the police said a post-mortem examination was conducted on the deceased’s body in the presence of Alfred Boafo, father of the accused, Dr. Rosana Polinicio Segborwortso, Pathologist of GA East Municipal Hospital, representing the accused, Mr. Francis Xavier Sosu, the lawyer for the deceased, Louis Melabah Edeafor, uncle of the deceased, Isaac Anim Anno, father of the deceased and Anna Cobbina sister of the deceased.
“The pathologist gave the verbal cause of death as Asphyxiation and Obstruction of the airway by a foreign body. He also retrieved from the throat of the deceased, eight (8) zipped bags containing dry leaves suspected to be narcotic drugs tied in a piece of black polythene. The retrieved suspected narcotic substances tested positive for cannabis when submitted for forensic examination, in the presence of all the interested parties,” the police statement added.