THE OSU MAGISTRATE court has remanded into custody, three persons suspected to have had a hand in the murder of a certain Constable Emmanuel Appiah Kubi.
The pleas of the accused persons, Ebenezer Tei alias Rastaman, Felix Okpanye and Torgbui Atsu Havor were not taken and they were remanded in police custody to re-appear on November 20, 2007.
Prosecution narrated that the three suspects are fetish priests and residents of Akosombo in the Eastern Region together with Famous Yevugah, a farmer and herbalist now deceased.
The prosecution indicated that in March this year, the suspects, who claimed to have powers to double money, collected ¢40 million from the deceased, an ex-policeman with the promise of doubling it for him.
After the elapsing of the given time without any positive development, the deceased according to prosecution, started putting pressure on the suspects to give him back his money.
The suspects, who could not contain the pressure, at 7pm on March 14, 2007, allegedly hatched a plan to kill Constable Kubi and as a result lured him to the banks of the Volta river at Akosombo with the promise of meeting “Maame Water” who would double the money for him.
At the river bank, whilst they were all deep in prayers, Famous Yevugah cut off the head of the deceased with a sharp cutlass they had hidden nearby.
They put the headless body onboard a canoe and ferried it to the middle of the Volta river, but in their attempt to dump it, their boat capsized.
Famous Yevugah, who could not swim, got drowned but Ebenezer Tei and Felix Okpanye swam to safety.
They then took the head of the deceased to Atsu Havor in his house at Adjena Donor and informed him that their other colleague drowned after the murder.
They subsequently buried the head of the victim at a spot behind Atsu Havor's house.
Felix Okpanye and Torgbui Atsu Havor made a report about the drowning of Famous Yevugah at Akosombo Police Station but Ebenezer Tei later fled to Burkina Faso.
Divers of VRA were immediately engaged and the bodies of the two deceased persons were retrieved from the lake.
The police, in the course of investigations, found blood traces at the river bank and became suspicious. They therefore arrested Felix Okpanye and Torgbui Atsu Havor.
During interrogation, Felix Okpanye admitted committing the offence with Famous Yevugah and Ebenezer Tei.
He led the police to an area behind Atsu Havor's house where the head of Constable Kubi was retrieved.
Ebenezer Tei was later arrested and in his caution statement admitted the offence. The case was later transferred to CID Headquarters Violent Crime Unit.
By Mary Anane