11.01.2008 General News

Boy stones man to death

By Daily Graphic
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A fifteen-year-old juvenile from Taviefe in the Ho Municipality has been remanded in police custody for allegedly stoning a 21year old man to death.

The magistrate's court, presided over by Mr P. W. D. Amedior, ordered the accused to reappear on January 22.

Briefing the Daily Graphic, the Volta Regional Police Public Relations Officer, Inspector Joy Afagbedzi, said police investigations on the death revealed that the deceased, Kwaku Agyapong, also from Taviefe was riding a bicycle belonging to a friend in the town and when the accused saw him, he gave him a chase on foot to collect the bicycle from him.

He said the deceased refused to hand over the bicycle resulting in a fight between them With the accused having the upper hand in the fight but a good Samaritan intervened and rescued the deceased.

Inspector Afagbedzi said both went away to their various homes but later in the day, the accused went to the deceased's grandmother's room where he resided at the time and started beating him all over again.

The deceased who was said to be an alleged sickle cell patient took a knife and threatened the accused to leave the room or leave him alone apparently to ward off the accused.

Inspector Afagbedzi said the accused refused and rather stretched out his left hand and dared the deceased to either cut or slash him with the knife, saying that he had been fortified against such objects.

He alleged that the accused further stated that in lieu of carrying out his orders he would be subjected to more beatings.

He said the deceased obeyed as ordered and then slashed the accused resulting in an injury.

The accused ambushed the deceased and hit him with a stone on the forehead, adding that the deceased started bleeding profusely and was rushed to the Ho Municipal Hospital where he was admitted and died the following day.

He said the accused admitted the offence of murder in a caution statement to the police.

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