J.B Danquah murder case discontinued

Late J B Danquah ..

Late J B Danquah ..

Barely a year after the alleged killers of Joseph B. Danquah, Abuakwa-North Member of Parliament (MP), were put before an Accra High Court, the prosecution filed a process to discontinue the case.

Serfakor Batsa, a Senior State Attorney, yesterday, entered a nolle prosequi to bring proceedings to a close.

He told the Criminal High Court Division (four) that nolle prosequi was filed on Monday, May 29, 2017.

He did not state the reason(s) Daniel Asiedu, also known as Sexy Dondon, and Vincent Bosso, were discharged.

In a related development, the Attorney-General (A-G) and Minister of Justice, Ms. Gloria Akuffo, told journalists that the accused would be arrested, and fresh charges preferred against them.

However, at the time of going to press, Asiedu and his accomplice were seated at the court, although proceedings had ended.

It is recalled that on May 17, 2017, the court, presided by Justice L.L Mensah, a Court of Appeal Judge, sitting with additional responsibilities, gave a two-week adjournment at the request of the A-G pending the empanelling of a jury.

However, the A-G stated: “My Lord, pursuant to section 54 of the Criminal Offences Code 1960, Act 30, the A-G has entered a nolle prosequi in respect of this matter.”

Muniru Kasim, who held brief for Augustins Obour, as defence counsel for the accused, said the A-G had the prerogative to discontinue the case, and adding, “Understandably, we will not object to the filing of the nolle prosequi”.

The facts according to the prosecution are that, the Abuakwa-North MP was stabbed to death on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at his residence at Shiashi, Accra.

On March 15, 2017, the Accra Central District Magistrate Court committed Asiedu, and Bosso, also known as Junior Agogo, to stand trial at the High Court.

The prosecution said that while at the magistrate court, Asiedu gave conflicting statements on different occasions to the police, and denied killing the late MP.

According to the police, Asiedu admitted dealing in mobile phones at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle and Agbogloshie in Accra.

Accused Bosso told the court that he travelled to East Legon together with Asiedu, but they parted company following disagreement on which house to rob.

Bosso said Asiedu took a cutter and knife from him before he (Bosso) left the vicinity.

Mrs. Yvonne Attakorah Obuobisa, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), then prosecuting at the Magistrate Court, presided by Mr. Stephen Owusu, said Asiedu resides at Agbogloshie and is a friend of Bosso.

She said on the night of the incident, Asiedu, armed with screwdriver, a pair of cutter, knife and entered the room of the MP, who was asleep and began searching the room.

Mrs. Obuobisa said the accused stabbed the deceased several times in the neck and chest with knife until he collapsed.

She said Asiedu took three mobile phones, belonging to the MP, and escaped through the adjourning house.

The DPP said securitymen and occupants of the house later found the late MP dead in a pool of blood.

By Malik Sullemana

 

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