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04.11.2005 Crime & Punishment

Man killed for phone on UCC campus

By GNA
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Cape Coast, Nov. 4, GNA- A young man believed to be in his early 20s was on Thursday afternoon, found stabbed to death in a bush near the University Practice school on the University of Cape Coast (UCC) campus, by an unknown assailant who is suspected to have killed him for his mobile phone.

Two other students, a male and a female, are reported to have been similarly attacked on Monday and Wednesday nights and are currently on admission at the Cardio Thoracic Centre at the Korle Bu Teaching hospital where they are said to be receiving "further surgical attention" from serious knife wounds.

When the GNA visited the campus at about 0800 hrs on Friday, some of the students confirmed the three incidents, while others also spoke of five similar attacks in recent times.

The students therefore appealed to the university authorities to beef up security on campus, to ensure the safety of students. When contacted, Mr. John Kofi Obeng, acting director of health services at the University Hospital, where the body of the deceased has been deposited, confirmed the incident.

He said reports of the attack got to the attention of team of medical and police personnel around 2000 hours, following a radio announcement and they rushed to the scene, and conveyed the body of the man who was then dead, to the hospital's mortuary.

The Central Regional crime officer, Supt. Vincent Dedjoe said the police was still investigating the case but denied knowledge of the other reported incidents, which according to him, had not been brought to his attention.

He said they are yet to meet the authorities to seek how best they could beef up security on campus.

The Vice-Chancellor could not readily be reached, when the GNA tried to contact him about the situation on campus, but the registrar, Mr Kofi Ohene told the GNA on the phone, that the deceased was yet to identified and that the UCC authorities, "were helping in the process of identifying him".

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