Kasoa ritual killing: Teenage suspects remanded into police custody

The Ofaakor District Court has remanded into police custody two teenagers accused of killing 10-year-old Ishmael Mensah at Kasoa in the Central Region.

The court presided over by Rosemond Vera Ocloo slapped the two, Felix Nyarko and Nicholas Kini, with murder charges.

The accused persons are to reappear on April 20, 2021.

Why the two are in court

On April 4, 2021, two teenagers were arrested by the police in Kasoa in the Central Region for their alleged involvement in a murder related to money rituals.

Felix and Nicholas are said to have lured their victim into an uncompleted building and reportedly killed him.

He was playing a video game when he was called into the uncompleted building by his playmates, who are known residents in the area.

Per the reports, the accused persons hit Ishmael with an object which resulted in instant death.

According to sources, the incident happened at the Kasoa suburb of Lamptey Mills on Saturday, April 3, 2021, between 5 pm and 6 pm.

Meanwhile, some residents in the area have said a fetish priest the suspects had contacted told them to bring human parts for rituals.

Ishmael lived with the mother and sister at Kasoa, whilst the father lived elsewhere.

According to Ishmael’s mother, the father had travelled and had not been able to visit them for some time.

As a practice, the mother of the deceased said the boy often attends Islamic lessons on Saturdays but failed to do so on that fateful day because he was waiting for his father, who had promised to visit.

The mother said Ishmael’s sister rushed in to inform her that he had been killed.

The residents apprehended the teenagers and reported the case to the Kasoa police.

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