Assin Fosu: Court remands two suspects for allegedly murdering a 16-year-old boy
Story: Kwame Owusu Asante Shadrack
The Assin Fosu Magistrate Court presided by His Worship Abdul Majid Iliasu has remanded into prison custody, two accused persons who are alleged to have murdered a 16-year-old boy at Assin Manso.
The prime suspect, Francis Arhin alias Kofi Sammy, 30, and his accomplice, John Coffie alias Oluman Kakraba, 38, are expected to reappear in court on 15th April 2023.
The action by the court, follows a plea by the prosecutor, Chief Inspector, Gilbert Ayongo to allow the police to carry out further investigation.
This is the third appearance of the case in court since January 2023.
Meanwhile, a forensic examination results proved that substances obtained from the first accused person’s house were human parts and not sheep as earlier claimed by the suspect.
The police are currently waiting for the confirmation of the DNA results from the Ghana Police Hospital in Accra to begin the full trial of the case.
The victim, Emmanuel Amoah popularly known as Vision Gh, a JHS graduate, and an Okada Rider went to work on Monday, 23rd January 2023 but did not return home.
The first accused, Francis Arhin, a farmer was subsequently arrested by the residents of Otabil-Krom, a community in the Assin South District, and handed him to the Assin Anyinabrim Police Command for further investigation.
The people of the community earlier found a heavy flame of fire within the accused person’s premises and later discovered a burned car tyre with some carcasses in a shallow hole.
The Police together with the accused and the complainants revisited the crime scene at Assin Wawase near Baafikrom and discovered dugouts containing some burnt carcasses including heart, backbones with ribs attached, and other flesh all suspected to be human parts.
Intensive interrogation revealed the first accused was also a spiritualist who offers concoctions to unsuspecting clients to cure their supposed spiritual problems.
The inspection by the police also led to the room of the first accused where items such as Schnapp bottles containing unidentified liquids, candles, and red banners were also found.
Police further investigation led to the arrest of the second accused, John Coffie otherwise known as Oluman Kakraba.
Although the plea of the accused persons were not been taken, the first accused was charged with practising traditional medicine without authorization contrary to section 39 of the Traditional Medicine Act, and possession of human parts contrary to section 69b of the Criminal Offenses act.