Crime & Punishment of 2014-01-09

3 Arrested for attempting to kill JHS pupil for rituals

Three young men, including a 16-year-old junior high school pupil, who allegedly attempted to kill a JHS Three student for ritual purposes, have been apprehended by the police.

They attempted to kill their victim for ritual purposes to make them rich through what is popularly known as ‘Sakawa’.

The three are Ebenezer Agyemang, 19, student of Ghana National Academy, Salu Mohammed Amiu, 23, a student of Elite College and the 16-year-old boy (name withheld), pupil of Adventist Preparatory School.

Agyemang and the juvenile were said to have lured the victim, Agyei Dufie, a final-year student of Atonsu Presby Junior High School to the house of Amiu where her blood was expected to be drawn for ritual purposes to make them rich through ‘sakawa’.

The three were last Tuesday arraigned before a Kumasi circuit court presided over by His Lordship, Emmanuel Amo-Yartey, a high court judge sitting with the additional responsibility of a circuit court judge, on charges of conspiracy to commit crime and attempted murder.

Their pleas were not taken and Agyemang and Amiu were remanded into prison custody to reappear on January 21, while the juvenile was granted bail in the sum of GH¢10, 000 with a surety.

Presenting the facts, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Archibald K. Fandoh, told the court that on October 16, 2013, the juvenile and Agyemang were discussing how to become rich by ritual means with one Pupee.

He said Pupee then introduced them to Amiu as a spiritualist who could help make them rich.

According to the prosecutor, Amiu gave his phone number to the other two accused persons who later contacted him and he assured them of making them rich if they could produce human blood and a sum of GH¢60.

Mr Fandoh said the two later provided the money, while awaiting the human blood, and on January 2, 2014, the two lured the victim to the house of Amiu for her blood to be drained for the rituals.

Luck, however, eluded them as upon a tip off, they were arrested by some men within the community and handed over to the police for investigations.

They were said to have admitted the offence in their caution statements to the police.