Abesim murder case adjourned as police await postmortem report

The 28-year-old suspect Richard Appiah, alleged to have murdered three children at Abesim in the Bono Region, has been remanded into police custody for the second time.

This is to allow enough time for the police prosecution to complete its investigation and get the full autopsy report before the next court date scheduled for October 5, 2021.

When the case was called on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, the team led by Chief Inspector Lawrence Kofi Anane informed the Kaneshie District Court that “postmortems have been conducted on the dead bodies while a medical doctor was working on the full report”.

He prayed for an adjournment, hoping the report would be ready before the next court date. The trial judge Ama Adomako Kwakye granted his request.

Why Appiah is 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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