Robbery suspect dies in prison after spending 6 yrs without trial

A suspected armed robber, Mr. Ndubuisi Beluolisa, who was an inmate of Awka Prisons, has died before the Chief Judge (CJ) of Anambra State, Justice Peter Umeadi, could review his came.

The suspect, who had been in detention for six years without trial, was among those whose cases were to be looked into the CJ. Beluolisa was listed among four inmates under the ‘very sick’ category whose cases were to be treated compassionately by the CJ.

When Beluolisa’s name was called to appear for his matter to be considered yesterday, the audience was taken aback when the prison doctor, Dr. Frank Uzor, informed the CJ that the suspect died on November 30 while in custody.

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According to the doctor, the suspect started losing weight at some point and was taken to the Amaku Specialist Hospital for proper check-up.

According to him, the suspect died later. He said: “Ndubuisi started losing weight and we took him to the Amaku Specialist Hospital and took samples of his sputum for analysis, but he later died on November 30.

We suspect that he died of pulmonary tuberculosis.” Records have it that Beluolisa had, on July 9, 2010, applied for bail after the state Commissioner of Police forwarded his file to the court, which made the CJ to question why he was kept in detention for further six years after he applied for bail.

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The state Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Mr. Osunkwo, informed the CJ that T. C. Obuekwe was handling Beluolisa’s file and had no idea why the case was further delayed for six years until he died in detention.

Regretting that nothing happened after the police forwarded the case file to the DPP, Umeadi directed that the family of the deceased should be written to inform them of the ugly development.

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He also ordered the DPP to send a letter to his office explaining what happened since the relevant officers were apportioning blames on the circumstances that led to the detention of the suspect for six years without trial.

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