Organ theft case goes to Kempton Court, pathologist accused

The charges of odd offence will be laid against a former pathologist at the Kempton Park magistrate’s court on Friday. He is accused of dead people’s organ theft.

It is alleged that Dr James Blair Mwesigwa has been stealing the human organs for the past six years while being the state pathologist.

As it was reported in 2015, the offender had removed Alida Scheepers’s brain, tongue, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, trachea, lungs, heart and pericardial sac and part of the diaphragm.

According to the investigation materials obtained from NPA spokesperson Phindi Mjonondwane, Mwesigwa had removed or caused to be removed certain organs from the body of the deceased and retained these organs without the permission of the family of the deceased.

The accusations of six counts of offences such as theft, violating a body, defeating and obstructing the administration of justice, contravening regulations relating to the use of human biological material, contravening regulations regarding the control of human bodies, tissue, blood, blood products, and contravening regulations regarding the rendering of forensic pathology services, will be heard by the court.

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