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The driver who confessed to killing African-American women in Akwamufie in the Eastern Region has been sentenced to death by hanging by the Accra High Court. The court presided over by Justice Merley Afua Wood, passed the death sentence last Wednesday after a seven-member jury unanimously found Yaw Anokye Frimpong, 22, guilty on two counts of murder. "Yaw Anokye Frimpong, the men and woman elected to decide your trial, having found you guilty of murder, you are hereby sentenced to death by hanging and may God have mercy on your soul," Justice Wood said. Sympathizers of Marnelina Diop, 75, and Nzinga Jaana 69, (the two women murdered by Frimpong), could not hold back their tears when the jury delivered its verdict and the presiding judge pronounced the death penalty. It was an outburst of emotions characterized by hugs, wiping of tears and the shedding of more tears, with lots of gestures indicating joy in the midst of sadness. In one instance, one of the sympathizers knelt in front of her seat, held the seat and started sobbing uncontrollably. Mesdames Diop and Jaana were among a group of African- Americans who had acquired a vast tract of land in Akwamufie and later settled on it. The African-Americans named the community Fihankra. On May 5, 2015, the two women were not seen around the community, compelling their neighbors to hire a carpenter to break into the apartment in which they lived. The neighbors found a bloodstained club on the floor of Diop’s room and a rubber bag covered with bloodstains in a dustbin in the apartment. A report on the disappearance of the women was later made to the police and a search led to the discovery of their bodies in a shallow grave on a farm in the community. During investigations, it was found that Mesdames Diop and Jaana had been attacked and clubbed to death in their home about 10 p.m. on May 4, 2015. Six persons, including Frimpong, were arrested as part of investigations into the murder. Frimpong is said to have confessed to killing the women during interrogations. He was charged with murder, while the five other accused persons were charged with conspiracy to commit murder. During the committal proceedings at the Accra Central District Court, Frimpong confessed to single-handedly clubbing the two women to death. The five other accused persons were later discharged. Frimpong repeated his confession at the Accra High Court during the trial but stated that it was never his intention to kill them but that his intention was to steal from them. According to him, he killed for fear of being exposed when they found him stealing in Madam% Diop's room. Per his testimony, Frimpong went to the apartment to steal, but in the course of the act, Madam Diop returned home and caught him in the act. Consequently, he struggled with her, overpowered her and tied her hands and also covered her mouth with a piece of cloth, after which he went home. But out of fear of being exposed by his victim, he returned to the house with a club with the intention of killing her and met Madam Jaana in the apartment. Frimpong told the court that he hit the two women repeatedly with the club and after killing them, he conveyed their bodies in a wheelbarrow to a nearby farm, dug a shallow grave and buried their bodies. After the act, he stole GHC156 from Madam Diop’s room, went to town and drunk alcohol in order to forget about what happened. After the jury's verdict last Wednesday, Frimpong was given an opportunity to make a statement before the court delivered its sentence. He informed the court that he had committed other crimes which the police were currently investigating and said those crimes were haunting him. "These crimes are haunting me because I know I committed them," he said. He prayed the court to have mercy on him because he had not intentionally killed the two women.     Source: Daily Graphic
A 21 year-old galamsey operator, Felix Kwabena has severed the head of his four-month old pregnant wife at Newtown, a suburb of Asankragua in the Wassa Amenfi West District of the Western Region, in the early hours of Sunday December 10, 2017.   The incident has shocked residents in the area and described the killing of Nafisa Abena as extremely wicked.   Information gathered by Rainbow Radio has it that the suspect, Felix Kwabena, 21-years,  allegedly  butchered his girlfriend on suspicion that he may not be the person responsible for the four-month old pregnancy. After reportedly butchering Nafisa Abena, a chop bar attendant at Newtown, Kwabena Felix also attempted to take his life by cutting part of his throat, but he only lost consciousness.   He was rushed to the hospital where he is currently receiving treatment.    
The Lebanese national who allegedly raped his Ghanaian house help at his Airport Hills Residential home in Accra has been remanded into police custody by an Accra Central District Magistrate court.     The 39-year old accused is to reappear before the court on December 19, 2017.     The counsel for the accused prayed for bail, but the court refused on grounds that they did not have the jurisdiction to do so.   The accused is reported to have forcibly had sex with the victim around 5 pm on Saturday in the absence of his wife and other occupants of his household after subjecting her to severe beatings for resisting his demands.    
Former Attorney General and Minister of Justice under the John Mahama administration, Marietta Brew Appiah -Oppong will be representing the 19 year-old lady allegedly raped by a Lebanese national as counsel in court. The suspect according to information forcibly had sex with the victim around 5 pm on Saturday in the absence of his wife and other occupants of his household after subjecting her to severe beatings for resisting his demands.   The former Minister told the media that:“The police started their investigation last night and it is continuing so we will know what the results of the investigation are soon. So far they have done a good job, and I believe they are going to continue with that. I am definitely going to follow up on this to make sure that justice is served.” “We are fortunate to have caught this one early so that the investigation can be done properly. Very often, by the time we become aware of a situation like this, time has elapsed, evidence is lost and it becomes very difficult to follow up on it. That is why we are very keen to follow up on this one to make sure that the proper investigation and proper prosecution is also done,” Mrs. Appiah-Oppong said.     Background The Ordeal Narrating her ordeal to Graphic Online, after seeking medical care, the victim (name withheld), who speaks only Ewe and French, said the suspect beat her up mercilessly after she refused to accede to his demands for the second time. He slapped her twice on the face, finally overpowered her and dragged her to his bedroom to rape her. According to the victim who could barely turn her neck, she had been in the employment of the suspect from the month of November but was persistently harassed by him for sex anytime his wife was not at home. She said last Saturday’s event was the fourth time the suspect had raped her in a total of two separate encounters. Narrating how it happened, she said the suspect directed her to have her bath after his wife, another househelp and his children had left home. After her shower, the suspect allegedly directed her to his kitchen, which was close to the master bedroom to prepare him coffee. She obliged after he refused to allow her to dress properly after bathing. On reaching the kitchen, he locked the door but her attempt to escape was not successful. The victim said Rabih threw her out of the room after raping her twice. She bled after the act. Help The victim said she sought help from some police officers on duty at a nearby house. The police officers, she noted, apprehended the suspect and took him to the Airport Police Station but on reaching there, a policewoman on duty led the team back to the suspect’s home. On reaching the house, the policewoman allegedly took GH¢350 being her [victim] salary for the month of November 2017, from the suspect and handed it over to her. The victim said the policewoman stayed on until she had packed her belongings out of the suspect’s home. Assistance A good Samaritan directed the girl and her relatives to report the matter to the East Legon District Police Command a day after the incident. The Police Command issued her with a medical report on Sunday to undergo medical examination. Summon Additional information gathered by Graphic Online indicates that the Airport Divisional Police Command has summoned officers who were on duty on Saturday, December 2, 2017, for an emergency meeting to explain why the victim was not taken through standard protocol.   By: rainbowradioonline.com with additional files from GraphicOnline
 A 35 year-old fisherman has allegedly clubbed the wife to death at Awutu Breku over her failure to allow their son play a game on her [deceased] phone. Narrating the incident to Nyankonton Mu Nsem, Rainbow Radio’s Nana Yaw Asare said the suspect; Emmanuel Akpeh accused her of cheating after refusing to allow her son to play a game on her phone. This he said resulted into a fight.    According to him, the husband hit the wife with the club till she collapsed. She was however pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.   The suspect has since been remanded in police custody and will reappear in court on December 6, 2017.
A taxi driver believed to be in his thirties has allegedly chopped off his fiancée’s hand after he caught her in bed with another man. Narrating the incident to Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Abdul Razak said the suspect,  Asiedu Wilfred caught the lady and the other guy in the act. The suspect is said to have sponsored the fiancée’s education but anytime he [Asiedu Wilfred] request they have sex, the lady will refuse on grounds that, she was not feeling well. He said Wilfred had a tip off that his fiancée was cheating on him with another guy and acting upon the tip off, he followed the two and caught them in the act. Abdul Razak added the victim, Pomaa Elizabeth, 28, was rushed to the hospital.   Meanwhile, the suspect has escaped arrest. The incident occurred at Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo region.
 Two male students of the Tamale Technical University have been arrested by police in the Northern regional capital on suspicion of robbing and killing a head pastor.   The two, Dojie Kwame, 28, and Akwasi Bio, 18, were arrested Saturday in Tamale a day after Pastor Ocran Ebenezer of the End Time Believers Fellowship, was attacked and killed at his private home in Kumbihiyi near Malshegu in the metropolis.   According to DCOP Mr Patrick Sarpong the head pastor was murdered with a pestle on Thursday at 10pm by the suspects and his Blue Toyota Highlander vehicle with registration number, GN 1764-14 and unspecified amount of money were also taken away by the suspected killers.   The case was reported to the police by another pastor of the church named, Ben Asamoah the next day and the body of the 64-year old preacher, was taken to the Tamale Teaching Hospital morgue.   However, at about 3pm same day, [Saturday], the stolen Toyota vehicle seen in a fitting shop at Lamashegu Industrial area, the police said at a press conference.    The owners had brought the vehicle to be re-sprayed and sold but the mechanic became suspicious and called police.   Police undercover investigators were dispatched to the scene and the informant was made to call the suspects.   The two students were then arrested when they arrived after informant told them someone wanted to buy the vehicle.   Dojie Kwame was identified as a co-tenant of the murdered pastor and the one who brought the vehicle and asked that it should be put up for sale.   The two, however confessed killing the man of God and are currently in custody for further probe.   Cases of theft and murder in recent times have been on the rise in and around the Northern regional capital but Mr. Sarpong assured the general public of the Northern regional police command's commitment to ending the menace.     By: Prince Kwame Tamakloe
Reports reaching Rainbow Radio has it that a group of land guards have allegedly murdered a commercial driver known as Allebe at Opoeikuma near Kasoa in the Central region. According to information available to the station, two of the suspects reportedly boarded the deceased’s vehicle and upon reaching their destination decided to alight without paying the lorry fare. This resulted in a heated argument between the driver and the suspects. The suspects were said to have informed their colleagues numbering about 12 over what happened. They reportedly stormed the driver’s residence attacked with blocks and finally stabbing him. The group also damaged deceased 207 benz vehicle in the process. Wife of the deceased, Mrs. Tetteh confirmed the story and added that, his son went to report the incident to police when the suspects were in the act but the police failed to respond and rather gave him a medical form to send his father to the hospital.       According to her, the late husband originally known as Sampson Tetteh, was stabbed multiple times in the chest and other parts of the body.
The Police have arrested a 30 year old man suspected to be behind the false terrorist attack on the Accra Mall, a statement from the police has announced. The suspect who was arrested in his hideout at Offinso in the Ashanti region on November 1, 2017 and is currently in police custody  is assisting in investigation, the statement stated further. It would be recalled that on September 24, 2017 there was a wise circulation on various social media platforms about terrorist attack on the Accra Mall. This created fear and panic and nearly destabilized business activities at the Mall. Thorough investigations conducted by the Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) led to the arrest of the suspect as the originator of the hoax,’’ the statement said.   The police cautioned the public to desist from the use of prank and also assured all the public that the police have the capacity to fish out persons who circulate false news on social media and other platform in relation to issues that can have national security implications, the statement signed by ACP David Eklu concluded. 
A self styled lawyer in Kumasi has been apprehended by the regional police command. The suspect,  Michael Asante who is also known as lawyer Asante, has been parading himself as a law lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), the police told journalists today [Thursday].   According to the police, the fake lawyer also promised to, among other things enlist some of his victims into the security services, get them admissions into tertiary institutions and other unspecified jobs.   He however failed to fulfill his promise to those he took money from until he was arrested 24th October, 2017.   The police further revealed that the suspect on other occasions presented himself to his unsuspecting clients as a travel consultant and a Senior State Attorney at the Attorney General’s office in Kumasi. During the month of April through to October 2017, the suspect introduced himself to two contractors as a special assistant to the CEO of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) with a promise that he could secure them contracts to build oil storage tanks for the Tema Oil Refinery (TOR). He then asked the two contractors to pay him an amount of GHS695,000 to facilitate the process for them.
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