Kombian’s Case Adjourned Again

A juror’s absence from court yesterday compelled an Accra Fast Track High Court to adjourn the Johnson Kombian murder case.The Juror had sought permission to attend to personal issues.

Murder trials are determined by a seven-member jury, and the absence of one of them compels the court to adjourn. Those who absent themselves without permission from the court are punished.

The court, presided over by Justice Mustapha Habib Logoh, adjourned proceedings to June 25.

Kombian, also known as ‘Nakpanduri Terror’ is standing trial for killing Constables Prince Agyare and Owusu Frimpong on October 17, 2010, at Nakpanduri in the Bunkpurugu-Yunyoo District of the Northern Region.

He has pleaded not guilty to murder, and two other counts of murder.

The accused was in Nakpanduri after escaping from lawful custody at the Ankaful Maximum Security Prisons in the Central Region and heard that some policemen were on routine checks at the Nakpanduri scarp barrier.

Thinking that the policemen had come to arrest him, he and a gang of notorious robbers, ambushed the policemen and opened fire on Constables Agyare and Frimpong and Corporal Osei Bonsu who were riding a motorbike.

The victims fell into a valley 10 metres from where they were shot, but the accused and his criminal colleagues continued firing at them.

Even though the policemen were wounded, they managed to take cover in the valley and Constable Agyare made a distress call to the Bunkpurugu-Yunyoo Police Station for help.

Agyare fired from the hideout to scare their attackers who had then stopped firing for about 30 minutes.

The policemen mistook the period of silence to mean the accused and his colleagues had escaped and came out of their hideout, only to be met with a hail of bullets from the gang and they started screaming and calling for help.

The Bunkpurugu-Yunyoo Police Station responded to the distress call and rushed men to the scene at about 5.30 p.m., but the notorious robbers fled upon seeing them.

The victims were taken from the valley to the Nalerigu Baptist Hospital but Constable Agyare died on arrival, and Constable Frimpong, two days later.

Corporal Osei Bonsu was transferred to the Police Hospital in Accra and was treated and discharged.

The accused, after the murder, escaped to Togo, but was arrested by the Togolese authorities and handed over to their Ghanaian counterparts. By Winston Tamakloe

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