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General News of Thursday, 14 January 1999

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Farmer remanded for murder

Koforidua (Eastern Region) 14 Jan. '99

Francis Asatey, a farmer at Bomase near Asesewa, who allegedly stabbed one Tetteh Kwabla, in a scuffle leading to his death was on Monday remanded in prison custody by the Koforidua circuit tribunal. The tribunal chaired by Mr Senyo Dzamefe, was told that the deceased, a terrazzo apprentice in Accra, visited his parents at Plekunesi near Asesewa, during the Christmas holidays. On December 30, 1998, the deceased in the company of a brother, went for a musical entertainment at Sekesua, at about 9:30 p.m.. Kwabla met his girlfriend, one Akuma, in the company of the accused at the entertainment and a fight ensued between the two men which was stopped by passers-by. Supt. Atinga said the deceased left the entertainment to buy food but the accused followed him, attacked and stabbed him at the back. He then

threatened to stab anyone who came near him. Kwabla was rushed to a clinic for first aid but died while being conveyed to the Koforidua government hospital. Supt. Atinga said the accused was arrested on January 4, 1999 , at a hide out. His plea was not taken and he is to re-appear on February 25, 1999.