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Abesim murder case adjourned as judge takes leave

The court case involving the murder of three children at Abesim in the Bono Region has been adjourned to October 25, 2021.

This was because the magistrate of the Kaneshie District Court, Ama Adomako Kwakye, had taken leave.

At the last adjourned date, the prosecution informed the court that postmortems had been conducted on the dead bodies, and the team was awaiting the full report from the medical doctor.

The 28-year-old alleged killer, Richard Appiah, was, however, not in court.

The court is also yet to take the plea of the accused.

Why is Appiah in court? 

Police arrested Richard Appiah for the murder of three persons, including two teenagers, and preserving their chopped body parts in a fridge.

According to the police, 56-year-old Thomas Adjei reported that his 12-year-old son Louis Agyemang Junior had gone missing on Friday.

The boy had gone to play football and did not return home as of 10 pm. But one of the friends of the boy told Mr Adjei that he had seen Louis exit the park together with Richard during the football match.

Mr Adjei organised some neighbours and went to Alaska near Abesim in Sunyani together with the police to question Richard, who is also the stepbrother of Louis.

The team insisted on searching the house and found one of the doors locked.

However, the suspect explained that the keys to the room had gone missing.

After forcefully breaking the lock, the body of Louis Agyemang Junior was found in cold blood lying prostrate on the floor with the head severed. The group also found a sack containing human body parts.

A fridge in the house was discovered containing three human heads, including that of Louis.

One of the deceased was identified as Stephen, 15, but the identity of the third is yet to be established. Many more body parts were found tucked in the fridge like meat at a slaughterhouse.

The three human heads and the body of Louis Agyemang Junior were deposited at the Best Care Mortuary at Mantukwa in the Sunyani West Municipality.

The development has prompted the IGP Dampare to direct the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at the police headquarters in Accra to provide technical support to the Bono Regional CID to investigate the matter.

Police uncover buried intestines 

Meanwhile, the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service found human intestines allegedly buried by the suspect, Richard Appiah.

The entrails, supposedly of one of the deceasedwere found on a cocoa farm and have since been exhumed for analysis and forensic examination in Accra.

A statement issued on Wednesday, August 25, said two cutlasses with bloodstains used by the suspect to commit the crime were also retrieved from the scene.

Second suspect freed

On September 2, 2021, police released the second suspect arrested in the Abesim murder case.

The identity of the suspect was not made public.

However, he was arrested after Richard Appiah, a 28-year-old architect, was nabbed on August 20, 2021, for the alleged murder of three children at Abesim in the Bono Region.

The second suspect is reported to have been freed after investigations established that he was not linked to the case.

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