Trial of cop for killing student to begin

A seven-member jury was on Monday empanelled to begin the trial of Detective Corporal Adjei Shaibu, 35, who allegedly killed Lawrence Joe Baidoo, a final year student of Ghana Senior Technical High School, in Takoradi, on December 22, 2017.

Cpl Shaibu pleaded not guilty to charges of causing harm and murder, and the High Court Presided over by Justice Amoako Asante, adjourned the case to Monday, June 11.

A  Chief State Attorney, Miss Patience Klinogo, told the court that Baidoo lived with his parents at New Site at Nyankrom, near Shama Junction.

The court heard that the policeman, who was stationed at the Inchaban Police station, rode a motorcycle to escort one Lydia Armah, a friend’s wife, who was driving a car from Inchaban to her home at Nyankrom, near the deceased’s  home.

Miss Klinogo said the deceased and four friends were walking from Nyankrom new site towards Shama Junction, for a youth entertainment programme.

She told the court that upon reaching a spot at the Shama Junction, off the Nyankrom main road, the accused suddenly shouted “thieves” “thieves” and fired a gun at the youth, injuring Baidoo and one Kobina Dukpor.

Miss Klinogo said the injured were rushed to the St. Benedict Hospital at Inchaban, but, Baidoo was pronounced dead on arrival whilst Dukpor was admitted, and referred to the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital.

Miss Klinogo said Cpl Shaibu gave the gun to a friend to keep, and the surviving victim mentioned the name of the accused as the one who fired the gun at them.

She said the gun was retrieved from the friend  and investigations revealed that the said gun was registered earlier that day together with a packet of cartridges for the accused’s friend, and handed it over to Cpl Shaibu for safe keeping.

Miss Klinogo said during the postmortem, three pellets and a plastic wad were removed from the body of Baidoo, adding that the gun and cartridges were taken  to the Police forensic laboratory in Accra for examination.

FROM CLEMENT ADZEI BOYE, SEKONDI

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