“For the past eight months, I have not spoken to my girlfriend because she does not have a phone. I am, therefore, pleading for the police to give my phone that they seized to my girlfriend,’’ he said.
The presiding magistrate, Mr Stephen Owusu, in response, told Asiedu that his request could not be granted because the said phone was part of the evidence being used by the prosecution.
He, however, informed Asiedu that his girlfriend or any relative of his was at liberty to visit him periodically.
Soap and toiletries
In a very calm manner, Asiedu further told the court that he would be very grateful if he was provided with soap and other toiletries on a timely basis.
“I get food regularly, but it takes time before I get soap and other toiletries. I am, therefore, pleading for such things to be given to me on time,’’ he said.
Asiedu made his requests after the presiding magistrate had asked him about how he was faring in custody.
Meanwhile, the prosecutor, Superintendent Francis Baah, informed the court yesterday that the docket on the case had been forwarded to the Attorney-General’s (A-G’s) Department for advice.
This is the second time the docket had been forwarded to the A-G, after the government’s lawyers initially directed the prosecution to make certain amendments.
Mr Baah explained that the prosecution had complied with all the directions given by the A-G and subsequently forwarded the docket again.
The case was adjourned to December 28, 2016.
Asiedu has been charged with murder, while Vincent Bosso, the second accused person, has been charged with abetment of crime.
The facts of the case, as presented by the prosecution, were that the MP, Mr Danquah-Adu, lived with his family in a one-storey house at Shiashie, near East Legon, in Accra, while Asiedu and Bosso lived at Agbogbloshie, also in Accra.
About 11:40 p.m. on February 8, 2016, the MP arrived home and went to bed in a room located on the first floor of his house.
About 1 a.m. that same night, Asiedu and Bosso, armed with a catapult, a cutter and a sharp knife, went to the legislator’s house.
Bosso is said to have assisted Asiedu to enter the house by scaling the wall on the blind side of a security man who was fast asleep. On entering the house, Asiedu climbed onto a porch on the top floor with a ladder and entered the MP’s bedroom through a window.
While Asiedu was searching the room, the MP woke up and held him. There ensued a struggle, during which Asiedu stabbed the MP in the right chest above the breast. The MP consequently held the knife, and Asiedu pulled it through the MP’s hand, making a deep cut in his palm.
The legislator, who bled profusely, fell by his bed, after which Asiedu stabbed him several times on his right chest and neck.
On realising that the MP was dying, Asiedu left the room and took with him three iPhones.
Meanwhile, the struggle between the MP and Asiedu had drawn the attention of the security man in the house, who alerted other security men in the neighbourhood.
Having realised the impending danger, Bosso took to his heels, leaving Asiedu behind. However, Asiedu managed to descend from the top of the house and jumped over the electric fencing on the walls of the house into an adjoining house and escaped.