Court frees Achimota student convicted for killing mate

Court frees Achimota student convicted for killing mate

- An Accra High Court has quashed the three-year jail term of a 17-year-old student who shot and killed a colleague

- The convict was found guilty for manslaughter by the Accra Juvenile court in September, 2017

The 17-year-old Achimota Senior High School student who was charged with manslaughter for shooting and killing his mate has been freed by an Accra High court.

Justice Kofi Dogu, who presided over the court, said the trial judge at the juvenile court erred in demanding a social enquiry report only after sentencing the accused, although it is required by law to do so before sentencing.

Court frees Achimota student convicted for killing mate

The deceased, Lily Dzigbordi Asigbetse

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The accused was handed a three-year jail sentence in September 2017 after being tried by the Accra Juvenile court.

The 17-year-old is reported to have gone for his father’s gun, which was under a bed with the intention of firing shots into the air.

But his shot went wrong and rather hit his friend, Lily Dzigbordi, a third-year student of the same school, who died on the spot.

He was subsequently convicted and handed a three-year jail sentence by the Accra Juvenile court.

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However, that ruling has now ben quashed by an Accra High court after it was appealed by lawyers of the accused.

The High Court held that there had been a miscarriage of justice because the Juvenile Court delivered a verdict without a social enquiry report.

Hence, the accused has been acquitted.

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