Crime & Punishment of Monday, 17 February 2014
Source: Daily Heritage
A security man is said to have mistaken a two-year-old girl for an armed robber and fired first into the air as a scare tactic and later at the innocent girl, killing her instantly.
The Akyem Kwarbeng Magistrate Court presided over by His Worship Isaac Amoah has remanded Francis Adevu,41, a security man of Net Gold Mining Company Limited at Kwarbeng in the Eastern region, for allegedly shooting a two-year-old girl to death.
The plea of the suspect was not taken and he is expected to re-appear in court on February 28, 2014.
According to the investigator, Fatawu Tanko, on February 12, 2014 at around 3pm, the deceased, Comfort Carobel accompanied her father, Job Amoah, a staff of the mining company to its site.
During the weighing process of the extracted gold, the security man on duty, Francis Adevu took his pump action gun and fired into the air - a tactic always done to scare potential robbers who normally invade the site during this process to steal gold.
According to the investigator, the security man during his second firing allegedly shot towards the direction of a summer hut where the deceased and others were sitting.
It is unclear the motive for the gun shot, but witnesses say he might have mistaken the girl and the others for armed robbers, hence, the gun shot.
Sadly, the fatal bullets pierced Comfort's head and chest. Isaac Okyere, 27, a casual worker also got injured on his right hand and back.
Investigator Tanko said, the security man tried to bolt but was arrested by the Anyinam Police Command upon a tip-off.
He said the two victims were rushed to the Hawa Memorial Hospital at Osiem, and later referred to Koforidua Central Hospital; however, Comfort Carobel was pronounced dead on arrival while Isaac Okyere was admitted and is currently receiving treatment.
The body of the deceased has been deposited at the Kibi Government Morgue for autopsy while investigations are ongoing.