Suspected kidnapper appear in court in Takoradi

Wilss under heavy police guard leaving the court

Wilss under heavy police guard leaving the court

The Magistrate at the Takoradi District Court, Mr Michael Ampadu, has appealed to parents, relatives and friends of children allegedly kidnapped in the Sekondi -Takoradi metropolis, to remain calm as the court begins the trial of Samuel Udoetuk Wills, the accused, yesterday.

Some relatives and parents of children allegedly kidnapped by the suspect besieged the court to listen to proceedings and to catch a glimpse of the suspect.

He indicated that Wills   was now being tried escaping from custody at the  Takoradi Central Police Station, stating that the court  would soon  deal  with  the substantive matter of kidnapping.

“Please exercise patience and not blame the police about long delays. Remain calm. We are gradually dealing with the case, this is the preliminary stages. We will quickly deal with the case to ensure justice,” Mr Ampadu assured.

Wills, a Nigerian, 28, appeared in court last week Wednesday on three counts of escape from custody, destruction of public property and resisting arrest. He   pleaded not guilty to charges.

He has been remanded in police custody to appear in court again on Monday, January 28.

Earlier a prosecution  witness, Detective Inspector Charles Agyei,  led  in evidence  by the  prosecutor, Inspector Bernard Baah-Ahensa, tendered  in court three  pieces  of iron  rods, two hacksaw blades Wills used  in cutting  the burglar-proof at the Takoradi  cells  and his  caution statement.

He recalled that Wills was re-arrested on January 3, after he escaped from the Takoradi cells on December 30, 2018.

He told the court that, later, upon investigations, he found the three pieces of iron rods ina dustbin while the two hacksaw blades were also found on a window pane of the cells on January 6.

According to Detective Inspector Agyei, Wills admitted the offences and indicated that the accused claimed someone helped him to secure the hacksaw blades he used in cutting   the iron rods.

On Wednesday January 9, Inspector Baah- Ahensan tendered  in court a dress and scarf which was found during the re-arrest of Wills at his hideout at Kansawurado.

FROM CLEMENT ADZEI BOYE, TAKORADI

 

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