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09.05.2007 Crime & Punishment

Cop, Civilian In Court Over Farmer’s Murder

A Magistrate's court in Cape Coast has remanded Stephen Okrah, a 27-year-old police constable based at Agona-Nsaba, and Lawrence Kelvin Kanda in prison custody for allegedly murdering Mr Kwesi Frimpong, a 38-year-old farmer.

Their pleas were not taken and they would re-appear on Thursday, May 31, 2007.

Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Augustine Amonoo told the court that last Tuesday Kanda and one Isaac Dadzie visited Okrah at Agona Nsaba.

Okrah asked Kanda and Dadzie to accompany him to the town to visit another friend and while in the town, Okrah sensed that someone was smoking “wee” in a house nearby and he and his friends went to investigate.

When they entered the house they saw Frimpong and others smoking “wee” and on seeing Okrah and his friends they took to their heels.

They chased the “wee” smokers and Okrah tried to arrest Frimpong but he resisted. Mr Amonoo said Okrah called his two friends to assist him to arrest Frimpong.

They overpowered him and dragged him by the shirt tied around his neck from the house to the roadside, rendering him unconscious.

He said Frimpong was rescued by some people who sent him to a nearby health centre where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

A report was made to the police at Agona Swedru and the two were arrested but Dadzie escaped.