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Crime & Punishment of Thursday, 24 February 2022


Abesim ritual murder case adjourned to April 17

Richard Appiah, suspect in ritual murder case Richard Appiah, suspect in ritual murder case

The case in which one Richard Appiah has been held for an alleged ritual murder of two kids has been adjourned to April 17, 2022.

This was because the accused person was not brought to the court.

The magistrate handling the case at the Kaneshie District Court, Her Worship Ama Adomako Kwakye who has been on leave for some time, has resumed.

But, this adjournment makes it the seventh time, the case has been adjourned after twice on October 5 and 25, November 17, December 16, January 17, all, 2021, and January 31, February 18 and 23, 2022.

On November 17, sitting, the case was adjourned to allow Prosecution sufficient time to finalise their reports.

On September 15, 2021, the police prosecutor, Chief Inspector Lawrence Anane told the court that, prosecution is awaiting the post-moterm examination reports conducted on the two kids allegedly murdered by Appiah.

Richard Appiah, 28, is alleged to have murdered two children at Abesim in the Bono Region.

It was the case of the prosecutor Chief Inspector Anane on September 15 that, the post-mortem on the two bodies have been conducted and they are waiting for the full examination report from the medical officer to enable them to forward the duplicate docket to the Attorney General’s office for advice.

To this end, the prosecutor prayed the court for a short adjournment to enable them to wrap up their report.

The magistrate Her Worship Ama Adomako Kwakye after listening to the Prosecutor remanded the accused.

Appiah is alleged to have murdered the boys and also kept some of their body parts in a fridge in his house.

Even though the charges and the facts were read to him in open court on August 26, when he first appeared, his plea was not taken.