I saw bloodied footprints in front of JB Danquah’s room – Witness

An Accra High Court was on Monday, June 14 left in a state of shock about the maker of bloodied footprints that supposedly came out of the late lawmaker Joseph Boakye Danquah Adu’s room.

A prosecution witness, Stephen Apraku, who was a security man at the residence of the late Abuakwa North legislator, recounted the night of his master’s death in court.

The late legislator, affectionately called JB, was murdered in his home at Shiashie in February 2016.

Daniel Asiedu, also known as Sexy Don Don, has been charged with murder while Vincent Bossu faces a charge of abetment — charges they have all denied.

During his cross-examination, Apraku mentioned that he noticed bloodied footprints when he went upstairs with the three police officers investigating the murder case.

The witness said the toes of the footprints pointed to the room on the left from where JB laid, which told him that somebody had come out of the crime scene.

He added that there was no sign of the footprints going the opposite way, and on the face of this fact thought the assailant had not come out of the said room.

Painting a vivid picture, the witness said there are three rooms on the top floor of the deceased house. The deceased legislator, Apraku said, occupied the room on the right side of the stairway.

He also mentioned that when he came out of the deceased’s room with the officers, he noticed that the wife of the late legislator was peeping through the middle door.

It was at this point that he said the police officers asked her to go back inside.

Apraku said the police officers who followed the direction of the footprints to the room on the left, did not reveal what they saw to him.

But counsel for the accused, Yaw Dankwa, said the witness was not being truthful and had only come to court with an exaggerated tale of accounts that happened on the night of late JB’s death.

Apraku is the second prosecution witness testifying in the trial. Prior to his testimony on Monday, June 14, the driver of the late MP Samuel Berko Sarkodie also testified.

The Accra High Court has since discharged the first prosecution witness. The cross-examination continues for Apraku on June 21, 2021.

Facts

The provisional facts of the prosecution were that the former MP lived with his family at Shiashie, near East Legon, a suburb of Accra.

The accused persons’, Daniel Asiedu and Vincent Bosso, lived at Agbogbloshie, also in Accra.

According to the prosecution, between February 8 and 9, 2016, the late legislator was chauffeured home in his private car.

The driver reportedly handed over the ignition keys of the car to Mr Danquah-Adu and left for home, after which the MP retired to bed in a room located on the first floor of his house.

On February 9, 2016, at about 1 am, Asiedu and Bosso, armed with a catapult, cutter and sharp knife, went to the legislator’s house.

Bosso had assisted Asiedu to enter the house by scaling the wall on the blind side of a security man who was fast asleep.

Asiedu picked a ladder on entering the house, climbed onto a porch on the top floor, and entered the MP’s bedroom through a window while Mr Danquah-Adu was sleeping.

While Asiedu was searching the room, the MP woke up and held him. A struggle ensued during which Asiedu stabbed the MP in the right chest above the breast.

The MP consequently held the knife, and Asiedu pulled it through his hand, leaving a deep cut in his palm.

The legislator bled profusely and fell by his bed, after which Asiedu stabbed him several times in his right chest and neck.

On realising that the MP was dying, Asiedu left the room and took with him three iPhones and absconded with his accomplice.

Asiedu and Bosso have since been charged with murder and abetment of crime in the murder of the late MP.

They both pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit robbery. Asiedu, on the other hand, has pleaded not guilty to murder and robbery.

Four years after the gruesome murder of the former MP, justice is yet to be served in the case.

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