- The Ofaakor District Court has denied bail application for the teenagers who allegedly murdered the 10-year-old in Kasoa
- The Magistrate said the court does not have the powers to grant bail at this stage of the case except the High Court does so
- The Prosecutor argued that it is in the interest of the accused persons to be in custody until further investigation is done
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The two accused teenagers who were alleged to have killed the 10-year-old boy at Ofaakor in Kasoa have been denied bail by the Ofaakor District Court.
The Magistrate, Samuel Adjei said the court does not have the powers to grant bail at this stage of the case unless the High Court takes such a decision.
The counsel for the accused persons, Lawyer Samuel Atuah said since the law states in Article 19 (2) that an accused person is innocent until proven guilty, the court should consider that and grant his clients bail.
Felix Nyarko and Nicholas King believed to be 16 and 17 years respectively were arrested for the heartrending murder of Mensah.
The two reportedly lured and killed the 10-year-old for rituals in Kasoa in the Central Region on Saturday, April 3, 2021.
The lawyer added that the accused persons have been in custody for long and should be allowed some time to meet and interact with their families.
The Prosecutor, Chief Inspector Ernest Agbo, vehemently opposed the basis for the application of the bail.
Chief Inspector Agbo argued that it is in the interest of the accused persons to be in custody until further investigation.
The court has, however, ordered the police to speed up the investigation into the correct ages of the accused persons and also to hurry with the preparation of the docket to the Attorney General for advice.
The defence Lawyer, Samuel Atuah in a media interaction after court proceedings said he will go to the High Court for bail.
According to him, it is a deliberate attempt by the prosecution to delay investigations.
Meanwhile, the spokesperson for the family of the deceased, Samed Akakilu, said he trusts the judicial system and the family is going for an expeditious trial for justice to be served.
In other news, former President John Dramani Mahama has made a Ghs10,000 cash donation to the family of the 10-year-old boy murdered in Kasoa for rituals.
Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyemang made the donation on behalf of the former president when she visited the family of Ishmael Mensah on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, to commiserate with them.
Sharing pictures of her visit on Facebook, Mahama’s running mate in the 2020 general elections wrote: “This despicable episode demands national soul searching and an honest enquiry into the direction of our country.”
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Source: Yen Ghana