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16.04.2007 Crime & Punishment

‘Rastaman’ Remanded In custody

Ebenezer Tei, alias Rastaman, who was alleged to have masterminded the beheading of an ex-policeman at Akosombo, has been remanded in custody.

The suspect, who managed to escape after the incident, was arrested at Po in Burkina Faso last week Saturday, following a tip-off.

He was arraigned at the Senchi District Magistrate Court in the Asuogyaman District in the Eastern Region and was remanded in custody to re-appear on April 26, 2007.

The prosecution asked the court to remand the accused to enable the police to complete their investigations into the incident.

According to the Akosombo District Police Commander, ASP Stephen Tetteh, Rastaman sent someone from Po in Burkina Faso with a letter to his sister at Akosombo for some assistance.

He said the accused requested his sister to send him his magical mat, money and some toiletries, but while his sister was talking to the messenger someone overheard the conversation and alerted the police.

ASP Tetteh said the police then trailed the messenger to Po where Rastaman was arrested and brought to Akosombo to stand trial.

Upon interrogation, he admitted the offence and said it was the work of the devil.

The Tuesday, March 20, 2007 issue of the Daily Graphic carried a story in which the ambition of a 27-year-old ex-policeman to get rich overnight could not materialise when he was beheaded and his body dumped into the Volta River at Akosombo on March 14, this year.

Story: Mary Mensah