Charles Ashitey, 20, the dance trainer alleged to have attempted to murder his friend for ritual purposes has appeared before a Tema Circuit Court.
Ashitey, alias Zaga who is also a cobbler, pleaded not guilty to the charge of causing unlawful harm and was remanded until August 17.
Prosecuting, Chief Inspector Adu Ansu Kyeremeh, told the court presided by Mariama Sammo, that the complainant, Daniel Norteye,19, a Junior High School Pupil and Ashitey are very close friends who lived at Manhean, a suburb of Tema New Town.
He said on July 30, the complainant visited Ashitey and decided to pass the night at his place.
He said at about 4 am the next day, the complainant was awakened by a sharp pain in his neck, to his surprise he saw Ashitey holding a knife and trying to behead him.
The complainant struggled with the assailant and that resulted in further knife wounds on his right palm and abdomen. After a while, the complainant managed to escape with the knife and went to inform his aunt who on seeing him became alarmed and rushed him to the Tema General Hospital.
Some inhabitants who got wind of the case arrested Ashitey and handed him over to the police.
On visiting the kiosk in which Ashitey lived, police saw a decomposing python, a horse tail smeared with white powder and blood, six flower spray and incense in the form of a shrine.
However Ashitey in his caution statement denied the offence.
After investigations, Ashitey was charged with the offence and put before court.
From Godfred Blay Gibbah, Tema.