An Accra Magistrate’s Court has fixed November 9, to begin committal trial against 22-year-old Lucas Agboyie, who allegedly killed a seven-year-old girl and had sex with her corpse at Ashaiman.
That was after the Senior State Attorney, Mrs. Francisca Titi-Mensah, had pleaded with the court to allow the prosecution some time to receive the original dockets of the case from the police.
According to her, an arrangement was made for a dispatch rider to send the docket to the Attorney General but it was yet to be received.
She told the court the necessary measures were instituted to get the docket, to enable her prepare a bill of indictment to commence the committal trial.
Consequently, the court presided by Mr. Ebenezer Kweku Ansah adjourned the case to November 9 for the commencement of the committal trial.
When the accused was being escorted to a police waiting van, he told those around to pray for him to have a change of heart and forgiveness from God.
The accused had earlier confessed that on the day of the incident, he had smoked marijuana, right after which he saw the girl passing by his house.
The facts of the case, as presented by the prosecution, was that on April 19, 2015, the seven-year-old girl was sent by her mother with a GH¢20 note to buy bread.
After waiting for a long time without their daughter returning home, her parents became alarmed and sought the help of neighbours to search for her.
“Later, an informant alerted the search party that he had seen Agboyie pulling the girl into his metal container. When the search party went to the metal container, Agboyie was nowhere to be found.
“To their utmost surprise, they found the naked body of the girl lying supine on an old students’ mattress, with blood oozing from her mouth and nostrils,’’ the prosecutor said.
He added that Agboyie was later apprehended and “he confessed to killing the girl, after which he had sex with her’’.
According to the prosecution, the search party believed that the girl had been killed for ritual purposes and demanded that Agboyie mention the name of the one who had hired him to commit the crime.
“He insisted that he had killed the girl on his own volition. Dissatisfied, the residents started beating him and threatened to hand him over to an angry mob to lynch him,’’ the prosecutor said.
He said Agboyie mentioned a man named Baba Ali as the one who had sent him to commit the act, after which he was handed over to the police.
“When the police confronted him on the identity of his accomplice, Agboyie retracted his earlier statement and said he had acted alone.
“He said he had mentioned the name because of the beatings he received from the crowd and fear for his life,’’ the prosecutor said.
By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme