General News of Tuesday, 12 March 2013
Renowned criminologist and lawyer, Professor Ken Attaffuah, has said murders in the country as rapidly reported in recent times ought to be properly studied and researched.
Professor Attaffuah gave this advice at the back of the recent murder case of a 13 year old boy at Abuakwa in the Ashanti Region.
Speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show, Professor Attaffuah said some of these murders are caused by people who may not necessarily have mental disorders hence his call for a proper study on the issue with more active roles by both society and the relevant institutions.
“You have a situation where someone is sane, very methodical, wicked and sheer evil. There is no mental illness in a situation like this. The person is just a simple sociopath who knows the difference between right and wrong but that piece of garbage did not give a hoot,” he stated.
Professor Attafuah further mentioned, “Until one has interviewed relevant witnesses and collected sufficient forensics, it will be hard to say…as a people, we are not paying enough attention to the things that might help improve our relationship.”
“…..in this case, I think sociologically, contemporary murders in the Ghanaian society ought to be studied because they seem to have a different pattern from what has been the traditional staple,” he added.