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Crime & Punishment Thu, 26 May 2022

Kasoa ritual murder case adjourned to June 15

The case involving the two ‘Kasoa boys’ who have been charged for the murder of a 10-year-old Ishmael Mensah Abdullah has been adjourned to June 15 for the Court to set parameters for the trial.

The case was fixed for Thursday, May 26 but has to be adjourned because the sitting judge is indisposed.

At the last Court sitting on May 12, the court indicated that the accused persons will face a three-year jail term if found guilty.

This is because, the two accused persons a 15-year-old juvenile and an 18-year-old young offender per the Juvenile Justice Act, cannot be tried as adults.

The court presided over by Justice Lydia Osei Marfo said, the accused persons will no longer also face jury trial due to their ages.

“Before today (May 12), I had stated we were going to impanel the jury,” the court explained.

“However, looking at the ages of the accused – one being 18 and the other being 15 and considering the Juvenile Justice Act, it may not be necessary to have them tried by a jury,” Justice Lydia Osei Marfo stated.

The Juvenile Justice Act, 2003, Act 653 states that: “a young offender means a person who is 18 years or above 18 years but is under 21 years.”

According to the court, “the oldest amongst them is still a young offender under the Juvenile Justice Act.”

The court said, should the accused persons be found culpable, they are likely to be sentenced to a maximum of three years under the juvenile justice Act.

For this reason, the court adjourned the case to May 26 to enable the court set out parameters for the trial of accused persons who will be tried summarily.

According to EIB Network’s Court Correspondent Murtala Inusah, the trial should be conducted within six months under the law.

The two accused persons are said to have killed their friend for ritual murder. While the 15-year-old had insisted they committed the crime, the 18-year-old denies the offense.

The two were present in court with their lawyers Samuel Atuah and Martin Kpebu. While Anastasia Karim, held a brief for Nana Adoma Osei, for the prosecution.
Source: kasapafmonline.com
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