Crime & Punishment of Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Source: GNA

Two illegal miners remanded by Tarkwa Circuit Court for murder

Two illegal miners Yaw Patakron, 31, and Yaw Amo, 41, have been remanded in to prison custody by the Tarkwa Circuit Court for stabbing a man to death at Amoanda in the Pestea Huni/Valley District.

Their plea was not taken and they will re-appear before court on December 3.

Detective Chief Inspector Oscar Amponsah told the court presided over by Mr Samuel Obeng Diawuo that the deceased, Kofi Asare, 28, and the accused persons are all residents of Amoanda near Huni/Valley.

He said on Tuesday November 13 at about 12:30 am, the deceased together with the two accused persons were at a wake keeping when a quarrel ensued between the deceased and some other people who were at the funeral ground.

Inspector Amponsah said a quarrel ensued between the first accused person Yaw Patakron and the deceased but were soon separated by those around and thus went home to change his attire and came back to the funeral grounds.

He said as soon as Patakron sat down the deceased started insulting him without any provocation but he said nothing whiles the second accused Yaw Amo, who was with Patakron told the deceased that he would have shot him dead if he was the one he was troubling.

Inspector Amponsah said the first accused person then slapped the deceased who in turn used a stick to hit his forehead which resulted in a cut.

He said the fight was again separated and whiles the deceased was going home, Patakron followed and kicked him to the ground and stabbed him at the right rib and left the scene whiles the deceased tried to seek help from the village but unconscious on his way.

He said the deceased was soon found and rushed to a nearby health center but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Inspector Amponsah said the Huni/Valley police immediately arrested the accused persons and handed them over to the Tarkwa police as a mob in the community wanted to lynch them.

He said during investigation both accused persons admitted the offense.