A FORENSIC EXPERT ADVISES RESIDENTS TO ALLOW POLICE ALONE TO CRIME SCENES IN THE WA KILLINGS

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Dr. Richmond Afoakwah, a forensic expert at the University of Cape Coast, has expressed worry over the situation where community members join investigators at crime scenes, particularly in the serial killings happening in the precincts of Wa.

Dr. Afoakwah has argued that in the current instance where community members assist security personnel looking for the bodies of victims could compromise the integrity of the crime scene, to a large extent.

He added that lay members of the community have no idea how to work at crime scenes, and if there are any evidence at the scenes, where they pick bodies, they could trample on them. This will compromise the evidence and make investigations difficult.

Special Purpose Police Intelligence and Investigation Teams are in Wa, and currently working with members of the Bamahu Community to retrieve bodies in the serial killings and disappearances, that occurred there in recent times.

Dr. Afoakwa decried the practice and advised that once the scene has been identified, the police must be left to do their own searches and investigations, since they have been professionally trained to handle such matters. He called on the community people to trust the security personnel for a clean job.

He said it is needless to mount any undue pressure on the police to arrest anybody. He postulated that there are no timelines for investigations and that once time limits are given, it calls for rushing, and results in poor work. He said he believes that crime scene investigation can take some time, especially where it is alleged that some more bodies are yet to be found.

Dr. Afoakwah said further that to make prosecution easy in court the police must be allowed to gather all the evidence relating to the crimes.