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Decomposing body of a High Court Judge Found

Agency report

The dead body of a former High Court judge, Ringo Cass Akurugu Azumah was found by the Police in his Sakumono Estates, residents told Ghana News Agency (GNA) which first reported the story monitored by Daily Times.

According to the story, the former Judge was removed from office in 2016 on grounds of absenteeism. His decomposing body was collected by the police after they forced his door opened.

According to neighbours of the late judge, he is suspected to have died a week ago due to the near decomposition of the body.

A resident who sells bags few meters away from his flat narrated that on Friday, April 19 at about 1 a.m, he saw liquid seeping from the last floor of the flat where the deceased lived alone, the news agency reported.

He said the pungent odour from the seepage, with an accompanying putrid smell was unmistakable that of a decaying animal.

The story was also corroborated by a sanitation officer and another resident of the area. One of the residents expressed shock at the passing of the judge, who he said seemed somewhat isolated and was seldom seen around the neighborhood.

Confirming the death of the judge, Public Relations Officer, Accra Regional Police Command, Effia Tenge told Ghana News Agency that the Police received information of the death on April 19.

She said immediately, a team of Crime Scene experts from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters in Accra were dispatched to the scene where “a male adult about 60 years was lying dead”.

Effia Tenge further stated that, a careful inspection of the body showed no marks of violence, the body was deposited at the Police Hospital morgue in Accra for preservation pending autopsy to ascertain the cause of death.

Ringo Cass Akurugu Azumah was removed as a judge of the High Court by a directive from the former president John Dramani Mahama on grounds of misbehavior and incompetence.

The former president acted on upon a recommendation by the Judicial Council.