Family cries for justice after court discharges accused murderer

 

Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo

Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo

The Dzivenu family in Accra has expressed shock and disappointment at the decision of an Accra Magistrate Court to discharge an accused Daniel Osei Boateng, alleged to have murdered their son.

The deceased, Daniel Atsu Mensah Honu, was shot in the abdomen on January 14, 2017, by Boateng at the latter’s hotel (Hotel Green) at Teshie Okpoi Gonno, and subsequently died as a result.

The Manet Police arrested Boateng and put him before the Adjarbeng District Magistrate Court 1.

However, on May 23, 2018, the court, acting on the advice of the Attorney General’s (A-G) Department discharged the accused for want of prosecution.

“It is the most shocking and outrageous verdict ever,” a brother of the deceased, Peter Dzivenu, told the Ghanaian Times yesterday.

According to Mr Dzivenu, on June 21, 2017, the family petitioned the A-G over a deliberate delay by the prosecution in hearing the case.

He said “In fact, the case was deferred for more than 10 times since it was first heard on January 31, 2017.

“On all occasions, the prosecution would plead for more time to enable it complete investigation”.

According to the facts of the case, on January 14, 2017, the deceased – Daniel Atsu Mensah Honu and his friends hired the premises of the Hotel Green situated at Okpoi Gonno, a suburb of Teshie in Accra, for a birthday party.

Later in the day, an argument ensued between the deceased and the accused, Samuel Boateng, who shot Atsu Mensah Honu in the abdomen, in front of the hotel.

A report was made to the Mannet Police, who rushed to the scene to find the deceased lying in a pool of blood.

He was then rushed to the 37 Military Hospital where he died on admission on January 21, 2017.

Mr Dzivenu lamented that the Dzivenu Family has, therefore, appealed to the A-G to take a second look at the case and let justice prevail.

He said “Indeed, the blood of our son cries for justice everyday while his killer walks free on the streets of Accra”.

By John Vigah

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