Court to rule on bail application in DCE’s murder case

The  Accra Fast Track High Court has set Monday, December 22 to rule on a bail application filed by lawyers for one of the accused in the alleged murder of the Nkwanta South District Chief Executive, Peter Kojo Keyenso.

Simon Kpobi, the District Operations Supervisor of Zoomlion Company in the South Nkwanta District, who was arrested for his alleged involvement in the murder of the late Keyenso, has since been in police custody.

He was charged with conspiracy to commit crime.

Prosecuting, State Attorney Ashong Okai told the court, presided over by Justice C. K. Hometowu that the application for bail was premature because the accused could interfere with the process of justice.

He said even though the right to grant bail was at the discretion of the court, such discretion should be exercised properly.

He said the accused was in lawful custody, adding that justice must be served for both the deceased and the accused.

Mr. Okai said there was bad blood between the late DCE and Kpobi, in which the accused threatened to kill Keyenso.

He said the prosecution needs more time to finish its investigations in the matter, saying that upholding the application might expose the accused to danger.

Quoting authorities, he reminded the court of the need to take lessons of previous events where the accused became victims after regaining their freedom.

He cited the case of the Republic versus Kweku Bibini, the late Oblogo Mantse, in which the former was murdered after returning to the community while investigations were on-going.

Counsel for the accused Benjamin Kofi Nya Kpemu for his part, denied the assertion that the accused could interfere with the investigations.

He said the facts of the case did not support the charge of conspiracy as preferred by the prosecution, and averred that the accused did not reside in the district and, therefore, could not meddle in the investigations.

By Malik Sullemana          

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