25.09.2006 Crime & Punishment

Teenager Stabs Clearing Agent To Death

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Teenager Stabs Clearing Agent To Death
LISTEN SEP 25, 2006

A 16 year old boy who allegedly stabbed a 36 year old Clearing Agent, Francis Gbetsivi to death for restraining him from beating another minor has appeared before the Madina Magistrate's Court.
The accused (name withheld) was provisionally charged with murder. His plea was not taken and is on remand at the Madina Police Station to appear again on October 19.

The facts of the case as read to the court by Chief Inspector Ebenezer Acheampong was that the deceased, Francis Gbetsivi, 36, was a Clearing Agent residing at Obaahemaa, New Ashongman with the accused, 16, also a resident in the same vicinity with his parents.

About six months ago, the accused went out of his parent's house to stay with his friends who were of questionable characters and who had been terrorising innocent people in the area.

On June 22, at about 9.30 pm, the deceased went to the night market known as "BRIDGE" to buy cooked rice and saw Frank beating one Yaw Amuzu, 13.

The prosecutor said, the deceased went to advise the accused to stop beating the little boy.

Unfortunately, the accused took offence, turned round and gave Francis (the deceased) a hefty slap, which send him reeling. He said Francis also held the accused in an attempt to beat him but the rice seller, intervened and advised the deceased to stop.

Unfortunately, just as the deceased turned to go, the accused who was armed with a sharp knife stabbed the deceased in the back and fled.

He was rushed to the 37 Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

As at the time of going to the press the case had been adjourned to October 19, this year.

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