Mankessim murder case: arrested chief not dead – police

The police have debunked reports that Mr Christopher Ekow Clarke, Tufuhen of Akwakrom, a suburb of Mankessim, who was arrested in connection with the murder of a prospective student-nurse at Mankessim, has died.

“The report circulating in the media that the chief arrested in connection with the murder of a prospective student-nurse at Mankessim has died is false, “according to a news brief from the police.

It said the chief and his accomplice, who were remanded in police custody by the court to reappear on October 4, 2022, were alive and in custody.

The police, therefore, urged the public to treat the report with the contempt it deserved.

Two suspects were on Thursday remanded by the Cape Coast District Court over the murder of Georgina AsorBotchwey, a 25 year-old nurse trainee, at Mankessim in the Central Region.

Christopher Ekow Clarke Quansah, 65, Tufohen of Mankessim Traditional Area, and Michael Darko, 48, a self-styled pastor, were charged with conspiracy to commit crime, to wit murder and murder.

Darko allegedly admitted to the crime and said they wanted to use the deceased for money rituals.

The pleas of accused were not taken when they appeared before the court presided over by Mrs Bernice MensimahAckon, and are to reappear on Tuesday, October 4, 2022.

Prosecuting, DSP Daniel Gadzo said the complainant, Mr Duodu, a military officer stationed at Takoradi, was a brother of the deceased.

He said Darko, who resided in Kumasi, was the boyfriend of the deceased’s sister, while Quansah was a resident of Sikafoambantem at Mankessim.

On Thursday, September 8, Georgina, who had come from Yeji in the Bono East Region for an interview at the Ankaful Psychiatric Nursing Training School, in Cape Coast, as a student applicant, called Darko to inform him of her presence in the town.

He said Darko promised to ‘pick’ her up after the interview on Friday, September 9, 2022 and the two accused went to pick Georgina from Ankaful in a taxicab to Pedu in Cape Coast,.

Quansah and Darko took Georgina’s iPhone, killed her and buried the body in an uncompleted story building at Sikafoambantem, a suburb of Mankessim. – GNA

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